Scammers trying to sell you an extended warranty on your vehicle.

Who Is It Targeting: Auto owners

What Is It: A spoofed phone call that claims to offer vehicle warranties

What Are They After: By using a spoofer to change their phone number, the scammer tries to sell you an extended warranty by claiming that your existing warranty is about to expire. Here’s the way to know it’s a scam: if you ask which vehicle, model, make, or the dealership where you purchased it, the caller doesn’t know. Why? Because they don’t actually work for a legitimate company. But that won’t stop them from asking for your credit card number to purchase this bogus coverage.

How Can You Avoid It:

  • If you’re ever in doubt about the status of your vehicle’s warranty, a quick call to the dealership can answer it for you.
  • If you do wish to purchase additional warranty terms for your vehicle, again, your dealership can point you in the right direction.
  • Never give your credit card, debit card, or bank account information to someone who contacts you over the phone.

If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from The Jefferson Journal.