Posted at: 06/20/2013 3:12 PM
DMV Telemarketer Scam Warning
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety wants you to know about a possible scam involving telemarketers claiming information from the "DMV" shows they're paying too much for car insurance.
DPS says it has gotten several reports of people receiving this call. The claims are false and misleading. The information has been forwarded to the Minnesota Attorney General for review.
The calls start with a recorded message that says something like “according to recently released information from the Minnesota DMV you are paying too much for your car insurance.” The caller doesn't identify the company he or she represents.
DPS wants people to know there is no Minnesota DMV – it’s the Driver and Vehicle Services Division at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. DVS is responsible for driver testing, driver licensing and maintenance of driver records; driver evaluation and compliance; motor vehicle title and registration; commercial vehicle registration; motor vehicle dealer licensing and regulation; and enforcement of no-fault insurance requirements.
DPS/DVS doesn't collect or maintain data that would indicate what you're paying for insurance, so it couldn't release the information claimed by the telemarketers.
DPS officials warn consumers to use caution when dealing with such telemarketers. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the law says telemarketers must tell you it’s a sales call, the name of the seller and what they’re selling before they make their pitch. If you don’t hear this information, say “no thanks,” and get off the phone.