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Watch Out For Clunker Scams

CARS program brings out identity thieves and scammers.

by on Aug.13, 2009

There are plenty of scammers and a few unscrupulous dealers hoping to take advantage of the Cash-for-Clunkers program - at your expense.

There are plenty of scammers and a few unscrupulous dealers hoping to take advantage of the Cash-for-Clunkers program - at your expense.

Jerry Milgram had long been hoping to get rid of his beat-up ’92 Ford Explorer, but with the money he was due on a trade-in, he couldn’t make the numbers work on a trade-in.

That all changed when the Cash-for-Clunker program was launched, last month.  Suddenly, the Chicago plumber saw the opportunity to get a compact crossover that would significantly lower his fuel costs but still provide enough room to carry his tools to the job.

A great deal!

A great deal!

At least, that’s what Milgram thought.  But when he visited a suburban Chicago dealer, he was told he’d have to sign a document requiring him to pay back the $4,500 government voucher if his old car somehow got rejected by the administrators of the Car Allowance Rebate System.

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