Another day another scam - or so it seems.  The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is warning Minnesota drivers about a new scam from telemarketers who claim that "DMV information" shows they're paying too much for car insurance.

The calls begin with a recorded message that says something to the effect of "according to recently released information from the Minnesota DMV you are paying too much for your car insurance".  The callers doesn't identify the company he or she represents.

Callers should be aware of the following:

  • There is no Minnesota DMV - it's the Driver and Vehicle Services Division at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.  DVS is responsible for driver testing, driver licensing and maintenance of driver records, driver evaluation, and compliance.
  • DPS/DVS does not collect or maintain data that would indicate what consumers are paying for insurance, therefor DPS/DVS has not and could not release the information claimed by the telemarketers.
  • DPS/DVS does not engage in telemarketing, nor does it allow the name of the agency to be used in a manner that would mislead consumers.

DPS officials warn consumers to use caution when dealing with such telemarketers.  According to the Federal Trade Commission, the law says telemarketers must tell you it's a sales call, the name of the seller, and what they;re selling before they make their pitch.  If you don't hear this information, say "no thank you" and get off the phone;  The FTC says everyone's a potential target.