Local State Senator Hopes Other States Follow In Putting An End to fake ‘final notice’ Mailings in Illinois

Illinois has a new law on the books to put a stop to misleading fake “final notices” sent in the mail, thanks to State Senator Rachel Ventura.

“Far too often, new homeowners and seniors are the victims of fake final notices,” said Ventura (D-Joliet). “We must end this dishonest business practice so that no one is tricked into purchasing goods or services they don’t need. People shouldn’t have to deal with anxiety-inducing scam letters like these.”

When someone buys a car or home in Illinois, “final notice” letters regarding warranties, protection plans and insurance are often mailed out by third parties to scam recipients into providing information or buying products under the guise of maintaining their home or vehicle.

Ventura’s legislation amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act to require that senders clearly state that their mailing is not a bill but rather a solicitation of services.

“Vulnerable members in our communities should not have to deal with these types of mail scams,” said Ventura. “My hope is that by Illinois taking the lead in ending this practice, more states will follow.”

Senate Bill 1440 was signed into law June 9th and goes into effect Jan. 1, 2024.