New Mexico’s Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) says that residents are getting bogus telephone calls from what appears to be an auto coverage scam seeking to swipe personal information.
In an advisory issued last week, officials said that telemarketers phone state residents and claim to be from “The Auto Insurance Center,” telling them that the “New Mexico Motor Vehicles Department is concerned because you may be paying too much for auto insurance.” A callback number of 505-204-7865 is provided.
Residents who call back are asked for private information, including names, addresses and dates of birth, according to the MVD.
Those who get such calls are asked to report them to local law enforcement entities or the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, which can be reached at 505-827-6000.
“The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division is not connected with this operation and has not issued any reports [about coverage rates],” the MVD said in a statement. “[MVD] is advising against providing any personal information to anyone on the phone.”
Officials across the U.S. distribute such consumer warnings about shady dealings, and those having to do with insurance can also come from industry regulators.
A similar operation was noted in Wyoming last year, when regulators told consumers to watch out for telemarketers who tried to reel in callers with automated messages. In Michigan last month, regulators told Detroit-area drivers to be wary of a man claiming to sell valid coverage when he in fact lacked a license to do so.
Consumers who confront suspicious activities can contact their state regulatory office. Regulators can help those who need answers to questions about coverage or have a claim they want reviewed further.