Charles E. Schumer, a senior U.S. Senator from the State of New York, serving since 1999. Last week Schumer became one of an estimated 30,000 Americans to make complaints about the robocalls with consumer protection authorities. He held a press conference to rail against the “robo-dialed harassment.”
Remember this number. It is associated with the infamous car warranty calls.
If you answer, you will probably hear the following recorded message:
“This is the final call before we close the file. Press 1 to speak to a representative now about your vehicle. Press 2 to remove your name from the call list.”
You are better off never answering or just hanging up. People are reporting that when they press the number to be removed from the list, the calls still continue.
These calls are an effort to extract credit card numbers by selling fraudulent car warranty renewals, and have begun to go direct to cell phones.
The Federal Trade Commission reports the telemarketing campaign is one of the most aggressive it has ever encountered, with as many as 1.8 million calls placed daily. The bogus companies dialed every number in a given area code, including many numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry.
Have you gotten phone calls or mail warning that the warranty on your car is about to expire? In fact, your vehicle’s warranty may be far from expiring – or it may have expired already. The FTC wants you to know that scammers are making calls and sending letters that may seem to come from your car dealer or manufacturer, but do not. If you have a question about your warranty, check your owner’s manual, call the dealer who sold you the car, or contact the vehicle manufacturer.
Go to this FTC page to file a complaint …
Here’s a great tip. Are you annoyed by unknown numbers appearing on your home phone or cellphone? Google the numbers or go to a website like whocalled.us, PhoneOwner.info or 800notes.com. You will find lists of phone numbers associated with robocalls and annoying other calls. Your best bet is to avoid calls on these databases.