• Nov 9th 2008 at 3:31PM
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If you haven't gotten the automated phone call frantically saying that you desperately need to speak to someone about your car's warranty, consider yourself lucky. If you gave in and actually bought an expired warranty from these spineless telemarketers, good luck getting reimbursed for car repairs.
At least that's what several state attorneys general are saying. Connecticut AG Richard Blumenthal says his office has received a "huge number" of complaints about the highly annoying and possibly illegal sales calls. Illegal because many of them blatantly violate the Federal Do Not Call Registry. Annoying because not only do they waste people's time, the extended warranties the companies are selling are almost always impossible to use, according to one attorney general. Connecticut, New Jersey and Iowa have teamed up to look into the sales pitches.

Unfortunately, the calls are almost impossible to trace since the numbers are spoofed. One number being used was traced to a disconnected phone in Nebraska that had belonged to an illegal immigrant who had been deported after a meat-packing plant raid.

If you've gotten calls from these people, you've probably already learned it's about impossible to get anything specific from them like a call back number, a manager's name or even the actual name of the business. We hope the investigation brings these alleged scam artists down. Hard.

[Source: The New York Times]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Whenever a telemarketer calls, I say, "Just a moment, please", put the phone down and walk away, leaving the line open.

      A few minutes later, I hang it up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Get one of those panic whistles. When they call, play along, but cover the mike on your end a bit so your voice is muffled. After the third time they ask you to speak up, and your sure the volume is all the way up on their end and they've really got their ear nestled into their speaker, blow the wistle into the phone as loud as you can. Don't feel bad, they're the problem, you're the solution.
      • 6 Years Ago
      About a month ago, I get a call from a number like 1-234-567-8900, answer and get a message about my car warranty being almost expired and to hold to speak to an agent.

      I held.

      When the operator came on and asked for my name, I said "No, you tell me my name and what kind of car I drive."
      "But sir..."
      "No buts C@#$! You called to scam me, at least try."
      "Then she hung up."
      • 6 Years Ago
      They really piss me off. I always ask them for them home phone so I cancall them back during their dinner time.
      Hello Connor!
      • 6 Years Ago
      ah, I've gotten 5 of these calls in one day.

      I don't own a car!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've gotten two calls from them, the first time I just hung up, and the second time I actually wanted to know what they were talking about, so, I wait. They get on the phone and ask me what kind of car it is. And I tell them I'm the third owner of a 15 year old car, and I never had a warranty to begin with. And then I realize they've hung up on me. Bizarre.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The most fun I had with them was this....
      Hello? ....no sorry she's busy at the moment, can I help you? .....really? I didn't know she had a car, would be her first in 70 years......it does cover older folks huh? ok good....um you did know she is blind right?.....no I'm not kidding....No she has never owned a car.....her address? plot number 413a.....yes I said plot, cuz she's dead....Click
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honestly, is there any legitimate reason for telemarketing to exist? The entire business practice should be outlawed.

      Cases like this make it clear that it is difficult, if not impossible, to regulate the industry and protect consumers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Honestly, is there any legitimate reason for telemarketing to exist? The entire business practice should be outlawed."

      • 6 Years Ago
      One cool thing about knowing (a bit of) Arabic... yell a couple words of it at a telemarketer and you'll quickly realize a sharp drop in calls to your house.

      Hey, it works for me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      T:Your warranty has expired! Please tell me the year, make, and model of your car.
      M: 1985 Lada Riva.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here are all the annoying numbers from that damned automated system telling me my warranty has expired! I never listen to the message fully and always end up hanging up.

      These scammers keep calling my cell phone. Grrr! I hope this helps!!

      • 6 Years Ago
      What annoys the heck out of me is the fact that there are apparently enough stupid people around to keep these scammers in business.

      Bought a Mazda in February this year, started getting those damn calls maybe once or twice a week maybe within a month of the purchase.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Yes if people were not so gullible many of these scammers would perhaps go out of business.
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