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Not even kidding: as we were reading this AP article on the FTC’s lawsuit against the companies behind those auto-warranty scam calls, when our phone rang and it was them. So I hit “1” when prompted and told the person who answered “Do you know what’s funny? I was just reading an article about how y’all are getting sued! PS, I do not have a car.” click

I am not even going to ask if you have ever gotten one of these calls, because everyone has. And, clearly, they are still calling folks in the 415 (UPDATE BREAKING: SFist‘s Brock Keeling just IMed to us “I GET THREE OF THOSE A DAY I swear,” and he don’t got no car either), even as the FTC builds a case against them. And while I’m as wary of the FTC as anyone, between a fondness for Pump Up The Volume* and J. Jackson’s boob I am neither wary of the FTC, am I above taking advantage of what they offer in this case. (Thank you, jonahhorowitz, for taking the time to correct our silly, silly error. We blame the prospect of boob, or young C. Slater, or both.)

So, if you get a call from those guys, all recorded message and “Your Car Warranty Has Expired,” call the FTC at 1-877-382-4357. Then hit 1, then 2 to file a complaint. It’s amazingly satisfying.

*Does this movie hold up? Anyone want to come over and watch it with me?

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Greg Dewar

    My mom gets pestered with those things all the time. They are annoying as heck.

    PS: I have a copy of “Pump Up The Volume” on 8mm VIDEOCASSETTE somewhere in the archive. Really!

  • Greg Dewar

    My mom gets pestered with those things all the time. They are annoying as heck.

    PS: I have a copy of “Pump Up The Volume” on 8mm VIDEOCASSETTE somewhere in the archive. Really!

  • Muni Diaries

    good to know. here was my lone, valiant attempt, which ended in FAIL a few days later.

    there are human beings on the other end, for the record.

  • Muni Diaries

    good to know. here was my lone, valiant attempt, which ended in FAIL a few days later.

    there are human beings on the other end, for the record.

  • jonahhorowitz

    Federal Agency Fail.

    FCC = Federal Communications Commission

    FTC = Federal Trade Commission

    The FCC is getting better, Obama gave them a good director. The FTC has pretty much always been on the side of the consumer.

  • jonahhorowitz

    Federal Agency Fail.

    FCC = Federal Communications Commission

    FTC = Federal Trade Commission

    The FCC is getting better, Obama gave them a good director. The FTC has pretty much always been on the side of the consumer.

  • Wil

    Also, for those of us who have cell phones as our primary phone:

    It’s illegal to use an auto-dialer on a cell phone. You can file a complaint against folks who do so here: https://esupport.fcc.gov/form1088/consumer.do

    (The same form can be used if you’re on the Do-Not-Call list.)

  • Wil

    Also, for those of us who have cell phones as our primary phone:

    It’s illegal to use an auto-dialer on a cell phone. You can file a complaint against folks who do so here: https://esupport.fcc.gov/form1088/consumer.do

    (The same form can be used if you’re on the Do-Not-Call list.)