Sacto 9-1-1
November 20, 2008
Yolo County warns of auto-warranty scam

From Sandy Louey:

Yolo County officials are alerting consumers to be wary of phone solicitation scams in connection to extended auto warranties.

The Yolo County District Attorney's Office reports an increase in consumer complaints and inquiries about such solicitations.

Solicitors are calling car owners on their home or cell phones telling them their service warranty is expiring and offering the opportunity to extend it at a "greatly reduced one-day only cost." The personal and credit card information collected may be used for fraudulent purposes, according to a release from the DA's office.

Telemarketing companies are buying lists of names and phone numbers of people who have had their cars for four years, which is the average warranty expiration date of new cars, the release said.

Consumers should ask the solicitors for a contact phone number before reviewing their auto warranties. Typically, the contact number doesn't work or doesn't accept incoming calls. Such scams that appear odd or too good to be true should be reported, officials said.

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