FTC Warns of Cash for Clunkers Scams

The future of the cash for clunkers program is in doubt, but consumers should remain wary of fraudulent sites that claim to be associated with it.

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a consumer alert noting that only one Web site, Cars.gov, is the official destination for the Car Allowance Rebate System. Other sites, particularly ones that ask for personal information, should be avoided since they might be a front for identity-theft efforts.

“You do not need a voucher and you are not required to sign up or enroll in this program,” says the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, which operates the rebate program, in a frequently asked questions page.

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