The FTC is sending out more than four million dollars in refunds to the thousands of victims of an extended warranty scam perpetrated by Fereidoun “Fred” Khalilian and his company The Dolce Group Worldwide, LLC. Using the name My Car Solutions, victims received robocalls luring them into paying for extended automobile warranties that, in truth, provided no coverage. Extended warranty scams have been with us for years. Actually, they are not “extended” warranties at all because if you read the fine print you will notice that although the notice you may receive, often by postcard, looks official, it is not from either the car manufacturer who issued your original warranty nor the car dealer who sold you the car. The warranties themselves vary from scammer to scammer with some of the “extended” warranties being relatively worthless, but with all of them based on misrepresentations. In the case of Khalililian, his extended warranty scams were sold through illegal robocalls. Whenever someone tries to sell you something through a robocall, you can be sure it is a scam.
Always read the fine print of any communication you receive regardless of how official it looks. In regard to car warranties, it is always a good idea to check with your dealer as to what warranties cover your car. Never trust anything that comes to you by way of an illegal robocall.
If you were a victim of Khalilian’s scam you are eligible to receive a refund. The refunds are being processed for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by Rust Consulting, Inc. Checks are being mailed out now and must be cashed within 60 days. Also, remember that you will never be charged any kind of fee to receive such refunds. Anytime you are asked for a processing fee to receive such a refund, it is a scam. For more information about getting your refund in this case go the “FTC Scam Refunds” tab at the top of this page.