A new car warranty scam is targeting vehicle owners in the Utica area as if the repeated ‘extended car warranty’ robocalls weren’t bad enough. This time, the scam is coming in the mail.
The letter or call tries to trick consumers into buying a service contract for their vehicle. Often, scammers pretend the offer is from the car manufacturer or dealership.
Vehicle owners in the area are receiving notices on pink paper advising them to ‘activate a vehicle service contract’ on their cars or trucks. Consumers are encouraged to call an 877 number that reportedly connects them to ‘SAP – Service Agreement Program’. A simple Google search of the BBB reveals this warranty company is a scam. The ‘warranty’ it hawks provides little to no coverage to buyers.
Unfortunately, warranty scams are not uncommon. The government is continuing efforts to stop fraudulent calls and letters. The FTC has paid out millions of dollars to thousands of people who were duped by these scams.
Get a Warranty Scam in the Mail?
If you receive a letter or phone call from someone suggesting your vehicle’s warranty is about to expire, or needs to be activated, call the dealership where you purchased your vehicle or the manufacturer. Consumer Reports says you should not call the number listed on the letter. It could be a warranty scam.
Like any phone or mail scam, never give your personal information to someone online or over the phone. “Do not provide any personal information, such as a social security number, credit card information, driver’s license number or bank account information to any caller unless you can verify you are dealing directly with a legitimate company with which you have an established business relationship,” advises the FCC.
Bottom line: if you get a call, hang up. If you get a letter, throw it away.
If you have any questions, call us at 315-733-2277 or call your vehicle’s manufacturer, or your dealership.
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