Yet another way for scam artists to take advantage of you and your money.
Just when you get yourself prepared for the latest scam, along comes another one.
"If somebody calls you and asks you to press a number in order to do something, you don't want to follow through on that because they're trying to steal your phone lines so that they can make fraudulent calls to other countries."
Linda Lewis, Vehicle Records Chief with the DOT's Division of Motor Vehicles, says citizens have alerted them to this new scam. Con artists call individuals with the premise that they can help with your license plate renewal, but Lewis says the agency does not make phone calls for routine renewals. About a month before your tags expire, you'll recognize the familiar post card in your mailbox.
"…and then the person follows through on that by sending it in the mail, by renewing online, by going to a third party agent to do it."
In addition to hanging up on the scam artist, Lewis says you should also let Consumer Protection know about this, or any other scam, so they can warn others.
Consumer Protection Hotline: 1-800-422-7128