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Friday, February 8
Car Warranty Scam from 201-228-1061

I just got a call from 201-228-1061 with (naturally) "Unavailable" on the caller ID.

As is so common these days, the "caller" was a voice menu breathlessly telling me that this was an "URGENT MATTER!" regarding my vehicle warranty and that I should "Press 1" if I had "already cleared up this matter, so we can update our records" or "Press 2" to "take care of this RIGHT AWAY" since, if I didn't, I'd be "LIABLE for ANY REPAIRS!"

Seriously, I have never heard such urgency from a telemarketer.

I'm home with a sick kid today (Busy Boy has strep throat yet again), and, I was kinda curious (knowing it was a sales call) what the caller would say, so, I pressed 2.

He mumbled something that was supposed to be a company name, and, immediately asked for the make, model and VIN# of our car.

I told him I had no idea what he was talking about, or, why he would be calling me, and, that I had more than one vehicle, anyway.

He sputtered, stumbled, and, then finally got testy with me: "Didn't you get the mailing we sent? It's on there. Can you go look at your registration?"

I replied, "First of all, you called me.

Secondly, I have no idea what you are talking about, I don't appreciate these stupid "urgent" calls, and, I don't even know the name of your company!"

Boyfriend then hung up on me.

I looked up the phone number, and, I found all kinds of stuff.

It looks like a lot of people have gotten these same calls from 201-228-1061.

The company seems to have some sort of sales information as we did buy a car a couple of months ago.

I just wanted you to be aware, especially those of you with elderly parents or grandparents who live alone and might get these calls.

8:27 AM | Comments (14) |


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I bet there is some kind of listing of car registrations, possibly from the county or state.

Thanks for the heads up. My mother-in-law, especially, would be the perfect person to fall for this kind of thing.

Thanks for the heads' up!

Welcome to the downside of "Government in the Sunshine". Car registrations are government documents, therefore public documents. All you need to get that info is the time to request, and perhaps a nominal fee.

I was getting calls from someone saying they were with Experian ... on my cell phone! They apparently obtained my number from the Whois info for my domain, which is against the Whois terms of service. Never did get to the bottom of who they really are, but my griping about it remains my number one post for hits from Google and others that have linked to it.

John C. Welch:

I'd be far less worried about open records laws -- to which there are far TOO many exceptions that allow secrecy in government -- and more worried about the car dealer who may be selling lists of who bought cars to firms like the one bugging Busy Mom.

Posted by: Trent Seibert | February 8, 2008 12:42 PM

I'm home with a sick kid (I was home sick myself first with some glandular thing and now am joined by one off-spring who decided to ruin my perfectly good sick day by hurling in the school hallway) and am struck by all the telemarketers phoning me.

At first I thought people were concerned about me!

Now I know they just want to hassle me.

Jeeze.

Posted by: Candace | February 8, 2008 1:03 PM

ANY call that starts out with a recorded message then asks you to press a number to "connect" is bogus in my book. I like to do it and hand the phone to the three year old. You know they LOVE that.

Ladies and gentlemen, Tom Mabe, champion of the harrassed:

http://www.tommabe.com/videos/video_index.htm

People ask why I still screen my calls after signing up for our state's (fairly restrictive) Do Not Call List and stuff like that is exactly why.

My kids crack up when I do this, but whenever we get ridiculous telemarketing calls, especially at night, I say, in a very calm voice, "Thank you for calling. Let me get a pen & paper. Can I have your home phone #? I'd like to interrupt your dinner tomorrow night & bother you while you're trying to spend some precious moments with your family." It works every time....

Hi guys, I got the same call with a very rude guy on the other end. I went to Intelius.com and paid to trace the number. Here is what I found:
It is registered to a Rudolf Biancone at 1 Monroe Ave. Roseland, NJ 07068. Looks like this guy is the scam master. I hope my $20 look up helps, so start calling this guy and make him feel our pain LOL! His number is-973-228-1061. Have fun!

Posted by: Jim | February 13, 2008 12:25 PM

I have received one call a month from the RUDE scammer. It doesn't matter which number you press you still get the Rude Dude.

I purchased a car last summer and they still call me. As soon as I see that number pop up on my caller ID I press one and start yelling at Rude Dude to QUIT Calling me! I have also reported him to our local authorities. Maybe he his mannerisim is getting worse because I yell at him. Oh well, he should just STOP calling me.

This must be a country wide thing because I live way-way-way up in the north and you live all the way down there.

Posted by: MommasWorld | February 13, 2008 12:56 PM

These things used to drive me crazy. Register for the Do Not Call, it works. I haven't had a telemarketer in about two years (though I'm sure by just writing this I'll get three tomorrow).

I do love though when you get a wrong number and they get rude with you "Who is this?". My response is just like yours Busy Mom "YOU called ME. You don't get to ask that question."

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