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36 Mile Warranty?

About 10 minutes after I left the dealership in my new car Thursday, my cell phone rang. It was a private number.

“This call is to inform you that the factory warranty on your vehicle is about to expire.”

It was one of the sometimes-illegal robocalls that are sweeping Kentucky and the nation.  The scheme works like this * or* the caller wants you to call and buy a new warranty, when you really don’t need one (something to explain what this thing is all about).

The New York Times City Room blog has some information on Sen. Chuck Schumer and the Federal Trade Commission’s fight against these calls.
The scam apparently generated about $10 million dollars. I suppose that’s no surprise given how many calls I was getting.  It every day for a while, even though I’m on the do-not-call list.

To sign up for the do-not-call registry, go here.

Local News

Bill Would Restrict Robocalls

A bill that’s been pre-filed in the Kentucky General Assembly would restrict a common tool used by political campaigns to reach voters.

As it reads now, the measure pre-filed by Representative Jimmy Higdon of Lebanon would make automated political telephone calls illegal. Higdon now says he plans to amend it to allow Kentuckians to avoid getting the calls.

“New Hampshire has the same bill that I plan on amending this bill to, where they allow people to go to the no-call list and ban political calls that way,” he says.

Higdon, a Republican, says previous attempts to outlaw the calls have failed to muster enough support for passage. The measure will be considered during the 2009 legislative session that begins next month.