Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is filing suit against a company for allegedly conning businesses into paying unnecessary fees with an official-looking letter. The bogus letters told companies to pay a $125 fee for an "annual minutes records form." Madigan's office says the letters were made to look like they were from the Illinois Secretary of State's office. Madigan says companies can toss the letters in the garbage because the fee isn't required by Illinois law.
Illinois companies have sent dozens of complaints and made hundreds of calls about the scam to the Illinois Secretary of State’s and Madigan’s offices. The lawsuit asks the court to ban the company from making such solicitations and seeks refunds for any Illinois businesses that paid the bogus fees.