It could be a letter or a phone call offering to extend your car's warranty. The schemes have affected tens of thousands of people and caused millions of dollars in losses.
A Menasha woman contacted Target 2 with this very concern.
Eloise Bangert got a call from a pushy telemarketer pitching an extended auto warranty.
"I said, 'Well, I couldn't afford to buy that,' and he said, 'Oh well, what is going to happen when something happens to the car? Who is going to pay for that?' and on and on, and, 'Do you have a credit card?'"
Bangert gave the man her credit card information for a $200 down payment.
"That's where I made the mistake."
She is not alone. Every year, thousands of consumers are bombarded by robocalls or mailings about car warranties.
Authorities say most of them are completely deceptive.
Dan Taylor, a US Postal Inspector, said, "Customers or victims thought they were buying an extension of their manufacturer's warranty, and reality they were just service contracts."
What's the difference? A service contract covers just some repairs. A warranty is underwritten by a car manufacturer.
"The victims did receive a small amount of coverage, but it was nowhere near what they were expecting based on the phone call," Taylor said.
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