BRACK: Here’s another scam attempt, this time on a warranty

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher  |  Watch out. Those scammers are always at work. Here’s the latest. Don’t fall for this one.

When the letter came in, addressed to me, it looked official, similar to a government-generated letter. It said at the top:

VEHICLE SERVICES DEPARTMENT

VEHICLE DOCUMENTATION NOTICE

PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL

Then it started giving detail, such as the address, then the vehicle code number, make of vehicle, and suddenly a deadline.  I had to answer by December 13 for the “Program Term Deadline.”

The notification then warned me: “IMMEDIATE RESPONSE TO THIS NOTICE REQUESTED,” followed by the make of my automobile again.

Here’s the main contents of the letter:

“Our records indicate that you have received multiple notices and have not contacted us to upload your auto file.

“You are receiving this notice because your factory warranty will expire or may have already expired based on the mileage and age of your vehicle. If you have updated your coverage, please call to verify.

“By neglecting to replace your coverage, you will be at risk of being financially liable for any and all repairs after your factory warranty expires. However, you still may have time left to activate your service contract on your vehicle before it’s too late. No vehicle inspection will be required.

“No other notices will be sent for this office. This will be our only attempt to contact yo about your expiring factory warranty.”

Then a clincher:

“Your file on this vehicle will be deleted and you may no longer be eligible for this offer after 12/13/17.” In other words, they were pushing me to respond, pushing hard.

Then there was information on me sending them from $25 to $175, I guess depending on the “quality” of warranty I wanted.

On the back of the letter was various activity of some automobile’s service record, showing in an eight month period a total service repair cost of $12,914.  No telling who’s automobile this was, but I certainly didn’t have any work of that magnitude done on that Chevrolet of mine during that period.

Obviously, the information was there to make a person realize the many repairs that could come to a vehicle are costly. But the info was true fiction, for I had not had such work done on any vehicle over an eight month period.

Hmmmm.

Why is this a scam?  For one aspect, I have not owned this automobile for two years. And the car was totaled when I motored slowly into a closed gate, so I had to buy a new one.

Not only that, but most service warranties are notoriously questionable.

Yet the letter looked official, like it was from a state-sanctioned agency, and trying to intimidate me into buying a questionable warranty.

Fat chance. No warranty for me, especially on an automobile I no longer owned.

Give the scam artists an “A” for effort.  But give them a “F” for credibility, especially since the vehicle was no longer mine.

So, stay alert. No telling what the next scam might offer, a new type of warranty on the water line from the road to your house.  A better way for health insurance. Or even waterfront property in Florida or perhaps in San Juan.

Stay alert.

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