Beware the Cash For Clunkers scammers


As Aaron Crowe explained in his recent post, the new federal Cash For Clunkers program could be a sweet deal for some of you still driving old, inefficient iron.

However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NITSA), which runs the program, warns that scammers are already setting up Web sites to rip off people eager to see if their jalopies qualify.

Here's the deal, people -- go to for the real info on this program, the official name of which is the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS- get it?) You do not need to register beforehand for the program!

The true rip-off sites will try to convince you that you do need to register, and attempt to gather as much info about you as possible.

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