Don't Let Cash For Clunkers Become Cash For Con Artists

The government’s Cash for Clunkers rebate program offers a way to upgrade from a gas-guzzler to a vehicle with better gas mileage on the cheap, but it also opens the door for scammers to seize some five-finger discounts.

The Columbus Dispatch tells you how to avoid such shenanigans. Tip No. 1 is to avoid websites that force you to go through them to take advantage of Cash for Clunkers:

Many claim — falsely — that consumers must preregister to participate in the program. Some ask for addresses, phone numbers and Social Security numbers, none of which is required. Others promise to put consumers in touch with “authorized” dealers.

“Nobody should be fooled into registering or giving out personal information,” Cordray said. “If anyone asks for that, it’s a scam.”

The story also warns you not to try to scam the program yourself by buying a cheap clunker and exploiting it for rebate money — you’ve got to prove you’ve owned the car for the past yearnto partake.

Scams pose as ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program [The Columbus Dispatch]
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