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Scammers Try To Horn In On 'Clunkers' Program

Aug 14, 2009 | Posted in Fraud Alerts

Consumers need to be aware of scammers seeking to take advantage of the recently renewed Cash for Clunkers program. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has reported that identity thieves are using the program to skim sensitive information from consumers.

Earlier this year, even before Cash for Clunkers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported Web sites that were soliciting for the names, addresses, and Social Security numbers of potential customers. Consumers also reportedly have been solicited by companies that offer to help fill out the paperwork needed to receive vouchers to take part in the program.

The BBB has informed potential program participants that they do not need to register or receive a voucher to participate in the Cash for Clunkers program. Also, auto dealerships, not individuals, are responsible for filling out any paperwork associated with the program. Official Car Allowance Rebate Site.