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Letter Scam Targets Wisconsin Business

Green Bay -

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has filed a lawsuit against a company that claims it will help businesses comply with state law.

Officials say the company sends out a letter to businesses, saying that for a fee, it will help them comply with state law.

The state says this is company is in no way affiliated with it.

The owner of a Green Bay business received the letter and grew suspicious.  Now he's doing everything he can to spread the word. 

"As I recall it said something on the outside, official document," said Ken Glowacki, owner of Fiberglass Solutions.

The letter was from "Corporate Records Service."  In the document, the "Service" claimed it will prepare corporate minutes that meet requirements of state law.

"We know we have corporate responsibilities," Glowacki said. "To make sure minutes are filed and have our annual shareholders meetings filed. Our corporate attorney takes care of that."

The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions says its been fielding hundreds of calls from business owners like Glowacki, asking if the form was a new state requirement.

"What really gripes me about this stuff is not only do they go to great pains to make it look like official state document to get you to believe that it is, it also looks very legal," said Glowacki.

The state says the letter isn't legit.  It's deceptive and illegal.  In just the past week, the state filed a lawsuit.

Even though Glowacki isn't out any money, he's says it's time to stop the fraud.

"If this gets another one of these type of scam artists off the market, go for it, get rid of them please."

The deceptive letters aren't just going out in Wisconsin.  Officials in at least 4 other states have also warned businesses.

To see an example of the letter from "Corporate Records Service," click here: http://www.wdfi.org/newsroom/press/2013/AnnualMinutesFormSample.pdf

To file a complaint, you can call the Wisconsin Consumer Protection hotline at  1-800-422-7128 or file a complaint online: http://datcp.wi.gov/Consumer/Consumer_Complaints/index.aspx



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