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?

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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

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