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Erie County motorists warned about a solicitation scam

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs warned motorists Thursday to beware of mail that looks like an official notice demanding immediate payment of up to $3,000 to extend the service warranty on their vehicles, with the mail allegedly coming from either the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles or the Erie County Auto Bureau which is a section of the Erie County Clerk’s office.

Jacobs said the mailer contains accurate descriptions of the make and model of each recipient’s vehicle and claims “Immediate Response To This Notice Required.”

“I want to inform vehicle owners in Erie County that the entities marketing such request are not at all related to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles or the Erie County Auto Bureau, which is operated by my office,” Jacobs said in an announcement. “If you receive one of these notices you should ignore it.” his notice added.

The county clerk said he has been getting notices of similar mailings in other counties statewide from other county clerks.

“This type of solicitation is very misleading and needlessly alarming people into spending their hard earned money purchasing something they do not necessarily need is a less than reputable way to do business,” his notice added.