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New Car Scam Postcards

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RICHLAND, Wash.- Watch out for a new car warranty scam.

Scammers are mailing out postcards to car owners claiming their cars are being recalled.

If you've bought a new car recently you may have seen one in the mail, it's a postcard claiming your car has a recall and you need to buy a new warranty to make sure it's fixed.

The problem is, there's no recall, and if you buy the warranty, it won't get you anything.  

Car dealerships say they're coming from scammers who've got your information, and want to sell you a warranty, then put the money in an offshore banking account with nothing in return.

'For the most part what we've found is that when they buy these over the phone of the internet or whatever, you know, they're worth nothing.   When we go to call to get a repair authorized, there ain't nobody there," said Cliff Smith with Lithia Ford in Richland.

He says he got five of them in one day in the mail the other day and when you call the company's and ask them where they got your information, as KNDU did, operators just say they don't know.