Beware third-party extended warranty offers for your vehicle

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Authorities are warning the public about an auto insurance scheme affecting Hawaii residents.

The Hawaii Police Department issued a warning after a 66-year-old Hilo man reported that he received a telephone call from someone claiming to work for a company offering third-party extended warranties for vehicles.

The caller knew the vehicle identification number (VIN) of the man’s car.

Police learned from the intended victim’s automobile dealer that this is a common scam being offered by phone and mail.

It has also been seen on other islands, including Oahu.

Police urge the public to be cautious of any unsolicited offers by phone, mail, text message or email.

Check with the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs or the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii to see if an unfamiliar company is legitimate and reputable.

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