Sen. Schumer Calling For Investigation Into Auto Warranty Phone Scam

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Apparently Americans are being harassed by automated calls saying their auto warranty is about to expire, attempting to sell a worthless extended one. Since there's nothing else to do, NY-Senator Chuck Schumer wants to investigate.

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The calls come regardless of the person being on the "Do Not Call" list, or whether they actually have a warranty about to expire, or even if they don't have a car. It's an annoying practice made only more annoying in that the few who fall for the pitch often get an extended warranty not worth the paper it's printed on. It's even more annoying since New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer got one of the calls last week, and now he wants an investigation on who's behind it and how they're getting around the do-not-call rules.

"This is an annoying scam whose perpetrators have found a way around the do-not-call list, the FTC has to track them down and then shut them down to put an end to this nuisance once and for all."

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The chief suspect at the moment is USFidelis, which denies any involvement, claiming other operators are using their name for the nefariousness. Next on the list is that Nigerian prince who's been emailing Chuck about some money he needs help transferring. [ABCNews]

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Yep, I get these calls all the time at work. Gee I wonder if the warranty on the 1988 F-150 with somewhere between 120,000-320,000 miles (damn 5 digit odometer) is about to expire, maybe it is the 1987 BMW with 144,000 miles, or maybe it is the 1977 Corvette, could be the 1996 Z3 with the engine swap that is about to be up. I did get through to a person one time after I got about the fifth FINAL NOTICE. It was pretty obvious that "Bob" was somewhere in the Indian sub-continent. I asked to be removed from the list and got disconnected for some reason.

This is probably about the safest thing that Chuckie Schumer could be doing in Congress. Of course knowing how he thinks we will all have to go through a background check and have to get a license to make phone calls when he is done with it.