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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Reader Alerts Old Scam Making The Rounds Again

This morning I received a very strange call. First off it was from "unknown caller" calling from (mumble mumble). She proceeds to tell me that my "extended coverage on my vehicle that I purchased is about to expire and needs to be renwed". I don't have a warranty on my vehicle. I bought it from a private individual and paid cash. I asked her if she could tell me the make of the vehicle she was looking for. She said "No, we just match the VIN# on the vehicle and then you send us a check for the amount of coverage". This call really made me nervous and she was getting obnoxious so I said to her, "OK then can you tell me which of our three vehicles you are searching for?" (she) "You have three vehicles? Listen, do you want this or not, yes or no" At that point I said "NO" and hung up.
Do you happen to know if there is some type of scam going around or if there is a way you can check into to this? Some elderly person might think they are getting a heck of a deal for nothing.
Thanks!
Kay

Have You Received an Auto Warranty Expired Phone Call? It's a Scam!

Did you receive a call telling you that your car warranty has expired and you need to renew it? Scammers are not just busy on the internet, they are burning up the phone lines in attempts to scam people. See below for a consumer report of calls of this type. But there is good news: The Federal Trade Commission is asking a federal court to shut down a telemarketing campaign ( Voice Touch, Inc. ) that has been bombarding U.S. consumers with hundreds of millions of allegedly deceptive “robocalls” in an effort to sell them vehicle service contracts under the guise that they are extensions of original vehicle warranties.

The Scam

You receive a call, with a recording telling you that your "auto warranty may be about to expire" and to "renew now before it is too late". You may not even own a car, or the warranty may have expired years before, or have years left before it expires. More....

11 comments :

Anonymous said...

I have never recieved one by phone but have numerous ones mailed to me about my warranty about to expire.

Anonymous said...

Tell them you need them to call your husband/wife who has the information... then give them the phone number of the local police barracks.

Anonymous said...

I have received such calls, usually on my answering machine. I just blew them off. What bothers me is they get trickier and trickier. Now I get calls on my cell phone about money making schemes! How did they get my cell number? I went online to have telemarketers blocked a while ago. And what about those websites that, if you want their "offer," you have to enter your cell number. No thank you. But how many unsuspecting people, young and old, fall for this?

Capt. Obvious said...

Get caller ID.. if you don't know the number or ID then don't answer it. KISS.
If you don't have caller ID simply hang up. It's not rude. I do it all the time. ;)
Capt.

Anonymous said...

Capt.

I have two kids, who have many friends, who have parents, all use cell phones. I have family members who use different track phones every now and then.

So your KISS answer makes about as much sense as not answering the phone when my kids are spending time out of my home and not picking up because I don't know the number. It doesn't work like that!

Pick up, sounds fishy, hang up. You're not an idiot for ANSWERING your phone!!

Anonymous said...

i get a car warranty thew the mail with a letter but it come thew are car insurance companie..to always let us know about any warranty's
i always ask are car insurance this ? they would no more about this stuff..

Anonymous said...

next time they call take the phone out side an put a gun along side the phone an pull the triger they wont call back

Anonymous said...

I haven,t received one about auto warranty but Rachel has been calling me lately about lowering my intrest. Just about every day I ask her which one and she hangs up. Now today 2 times about getting a diabetic machine and they want to know if I'm on medicare and if I have other insurance besides. I know it is a scam because there are kids screaming in the background and I as the man with an accent about the kids and he said I appolgize for that and I said do you take your kids to work with you and he hung up.

Anonymous said...

We've been getting calls with a local number but it turns out to be a credit card reduction place. We don't give them any info, I talked for quite awhile with one, he said I was being rude and threatened to turn me in to the fraud department!!! Go figure! It's too bad we can't trust people anymore!

Anonymous said...

My dad was a victim of this scam. They are fast talkers and tell you expensive repairs won't be covered. He did have a car that had a warranty, so he thought they were being legit. They convinced him to pay the entire fee, over $2,000 by credit card. They have not been able to get any credit or resolution from this. The actual warranty on the car was not ready to expire, and this was a tough lesson learned. If they cannot provide you any of your vehicle information, hang up. Fast.

Anonymous said...

2:50:00 PM EST Love that idea!! I always say "Could you hold please while I get that information for you?" Then I put my phone on mute and throw it on the couch and walk away. After a few minutes I hear them saying "hello" "hello" and then they hang up.