A fresh federal affairs advised to advice consumers shop for added fuel-efficient cartage is triggering fresh scams, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray is warning. The program, accepted as the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), provides $3,500 or $4,500 credits to consumers who barter in beneath fuel-efficient cars or trucks that accommodated assertive qualifications. CARS is appointed to activate in backward July.
”Scammers generally try to piggyback on fresh programs or trends, and this is no exception,” Cordray said. ”Impostors are cogent consumers they charge to preregister or accommodate their Social Security numbers to be allotment of the program. This is artlessly not true.”
While the program’s official name is the Car Allowance Rebate System, actionable ”Cash for Clunkers” Web sites are bustling up, falsely claiming that consumers charge to annals for the program. Some actor sites ask for consumers’ claimed advice including names, addresses and Social Security numbers. In some cases, the sites falsely swear that consumers will be put in blow with accustomed dealers in their area.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), consumers don’t charge to annals or access a agenda to account from the program. Instead, dealers will administer a acclaim at the time of purchase. NHTSA additionally says the acclaim applies alone to the acquirement or charter of a fresh vehicle. All trade-in cartage will be destroyed.
For more information on CARS, visit http://www.cars.gov or call the CARS information hotline at 866-CAR (227)-7891. To report a scam, contact Cordray’s office at http://www.speakoutohio.gov or call 800-282-0515.