Beware of “Cash for Clunkers” Scams

July 28th, 2009 Posted by Auditor's Office 0 comments on “Beware of “Cash for Clunkers” Scams”

“A new federal program officially called the Car Allowance Rebate System and dubbed “Cash for Clunkers” is triggering new scams over the Internet,” according to Clark County Auditor George Sodders. The program provides $3,500 or $4,500 credits to consumers who trade in less fuel-efficient cars or trucks that meet certain qualifications. While the program is scheduled for late this month, the scams are already showing up.According to Ohio’s attorney general, scammers often try to piggyback on new programs and this is no exception. Apparently, imposters are telling consumers they need to pre-register or provide their social security numbers to be part of the program, which is absolutely not true.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, consumers don’t need to register or obtain a voucher to benefit from the program. Instead, dealers will apply a credit at the time of purchase.

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