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Old 12-07-2021, 09:54 PM   #1
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"Your Car's Warranty Is About To Expire"--A New Wrinkle in the Auto Warranty Scam


I have no idea how prevalent the auto warranty scam is outside of the States, but it's very prevalent here.

Before my 2003 pick-up truck died (it now rests with the great NPR station in the sky), I was getting calls warning me that its warranty was about to expire (even though it had expired long ago). Now that I've gotten a new(er) car, I'm getting calls that its warranty is about to expire (it's covered by the manufacturer's warranty till 2024--I checked).

Lately, they've taken on a new wrinkle. Now the scammers are using the mail. The letters are cleverly designed to look official to someone who's not paying attention, but they have one sure give-away: They contain no return or business address, only a toll-free number to call. Sure, there's text where the return address should be, but it's not a return address.

I don't know why persons fall for cons like this, but I guess there's a lot of phish in the sea.
 
Old 12-07-2021, 10:48 PM   #2
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My phone tells me when I'm receiving a call from a number which has previously been reported as a scam caller... so I don't answer. The "block & report" feature gets a lot of use here.
 
Old 12-07-2021, 11:06 PM   #3
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My phone also tells me "Scam Likely," but blocking doesn't seem to reduce the volume of uselessness. I suspect many of the numbers are spoofed.

If it's the landline, we let it go to voice mail. They usually hang up without leaving a message; I think their computers can detect voice mail.
 
Old 12-08-2021, 10:23 AM   #4
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I get them by telephone. I don't have a car but I get them for my fridge and washing machine.
 
Old 12-08-2021, 12:56 PM   #5
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Someone recommended not to answer unknown numbers with "yes" but can't remember who that was.
Apparently, the scammers record your voice and then attach the "yes" to something else..
Like a prerecorded question "would you like to be informed of out latest products daily" and then they use your recording as an answer.
Luckily there's some kind of regulator for this in the EU, meaning one can easily null the contracts if they are only made over the phone.
I was told the regulator also accepts complaints via email and has authority to remove numbers from ad company call list, which is great.
 
Old 12-08-2021, 03:54 PM   #6
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Every day I get those. Bought a new car in March. Calls started in April that my warranty is about to expire. If I get ambitious I turn into do not call.
 
Old 12-08-2021, 04:46 PM   #7
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Received an e-mail two days ago from an outfit calling themselves, CarShield.
Deleted it, of course.
The spam calls and text messages have picked up this week. Received two yesterday and two, so far, today. Before the pandemic I was getting several, as in ten or twenty, no joke, a day. It has gotten to the point the phone is on vibrate and even if I notice it, I don't answer if I don't know the number.
 
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Got two the other day saying they had hacked into an account and for only $1600 they wouldn't encrypt it.
 
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I, too, have started receiving these "car warranty" calls in the past few months--on my home phone. Of course, they're barking up the wrong tree, seeing as how any warranty on my car must have expired about 35 years ago!

In response, I've started answering such "warnings" by using minicom to issue an "ATA" to my modem. Perhaps if enough of the scammers have their tympanums blown, they'll surrender. (Unlikely, but it's worth a shot...)
 
Old 12-10-2021, 09:22 PM   #10
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When our kids were young they both had those plastic battery powered ride on toys, john deere gator and barbie jeep. I hand the warranty caller to one of the kids and let them describe their "car".
 
Old 12-17-2021, 10:14 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by rkelsen View Post
My phone tells me when I'm receiving a call from a number which has previously been reported as a scam caller... so I don't answer. The "block & report" feature gets a lot of use here.
if you have spare time, answer it and waste their time, there are many examples on YouTube.

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Old 12-17-2021, 10:22 PM   #12
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Got two the other day saying they had hacked into an account and for only $1600 they wouldn't encrypt it.
tell them to hurry up and encrypt it because you want to have it encrypted.
 
Old 12-18-2021, 04:11 PM   #13
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That would be better.
 
Old 01-01-2022, 03:20 PM   #14
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Has anyone played a podcast at one of these spam callers? A stream from Spotify or some scientist droning on about his pet speculation?
 
Old 01-01-2022, 06:59 PM   #15
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if you have spare time, answer it and waste their time, there are many examples on YouTube.
What I usually do is answer it, then mute my mic and set the phone down. That way I'm still wasting their time but not mine.

I got the "I'm calling from tech support because your computer is reporting it has a virus" call. So I answered back "wow, thats funny, I work for tech support too and <clickity click> your computer has a virus too!".

"I need you to go to this web site to download software to remove the virus". "ok, but first I need you to download some software for me"

I kept him going for a while and both my kids were rolling on the floor laughing.
 
  


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