Yesterday at work, I was introduced to a variation of this scam. But instead of getting a postcard warning me that my car warranty was about to expire, I got an automated phone call telling me the same and that the consequences would be dire.
To act, I needed to press 1. So I did. A woman comes on the line to ask how she can help. Knowing my warranty was nowhere near expiration, I ask her who she worked for. She mumbled “dealerships.” I asked which ones. She said “various ones like Honda.”
I told her my warranty was not nearing expiration. She said, “Oh, well, we just want to give you a quote on extending it just in case it was.”
I hung up. It’s pretty clever, because in pressing “1”, I couldn’t tell what number I was calling. Apparently, it’s some oufit out of Florida and that they like to prey on seniors in particular by scaring them. So slimy. I was telling a friend about this and she got the call at work, too.