WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are close to filing
lawsuits against companies believed to be behind a national wave of
spam "robocalls" warning people that their auto warranties are
about to expire and they need to sign up for new service plans.
The Federal Trade Commission has inquiries under way into
several companies involved in the deceptive calls.
The FTC also is providing an electronic link on its homepage for
consumers to file complaints.
New York Senator Charles Schumer says the computerized calls can
eat up a consumer's cell phone minutes, possibly jacking up phone
He says the message "Your Car Warranty Has Expired" already
has brought some 300,000 complaints nationwide.