Americans increasingly are receiving calls with a computerized voice saying, "This is the final notice. The factory warranty on your vehicle is about to expire,'' or something similar, several times a day on their cell or land lines. The calls come even if a person has signed up for the national "do not call'' registry.
Now, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York wants a federal investigation into the "robo-dialer harassment.''
"Not only are these calls a nuisance, but they tie up land lines and can eat up a user's cell phone minutes, possibly leading to a higher cell phone bill due to overage charges,'' said Schumer, D-N.Y.
Meanwhile, officials in 40 states are investigating the companies behind the car-warranty calls.