Misleading vehicle warranty notices are making their way to residences mailboxes in the Flathead Valley.
Kalispell Police Chief Roger Nasset says an increase of calls have started coming in regarding the mailers.
He says the notices look like they come from a credible car dealer, manufacturer or government entity informing the recipient that their car warranty has expired.
He believes social media has now enabled scam artists to produce these types of hoaxes daily. Nasset said that before the Internet age it was simpler to for officials to concentrate their efforts.
The chief added the scam may cheat trusting consumers out of money by offering warranties that go unfulfilled or you may just never hear from that company again.
"What's really concerning about this one is that it appears that it's coming from a government agency; the state of Montana and people generally want to trust those types of entities and so they'll fall for that trap," Nasset said.
He told MTN News that the Montana Attorney General's Office is investigating the situation.
If you suspect you have received one of these mailers, contact the Montana Office of Consumer Protection at (406) 444-4500.