ELI5: Why are we all being contacted about our extended car warranty?
Scam phone calls, they are hoping you'll return the call and give them more information than they could possibly already have in order to "extend your warranty" (i.e., steal your identity).
So others have already rightfully answered that these are obvious scams.
But why an extended car warranty? Probably just because it works, so others have copied it.
It actually makes a lot of sense - most people (or at least a large % of people) own cars. So they can call any random number and there’s a very good chance that person owns a car. If they told you they were trying to contact you about your home warranty or a vacation you recently booked, you can quickly identify it as a scam if neither of those two situations apply to you. But if you own a car and you’re not familiar with this scam, there’s a good chance you’d at least consider that it may be a legitimate call.
Also, car warranties DO expire. So once again, the premise behind the call is actually very reasonable. The only reason that these calls are instantly recognized as a scam is because we get them all the time. Or think of it this way - if people can be fooled by something as absurd as the Nigerian Prince scam, an expired car warranty scam seems very reasonable.
Because we’ve tried to reach you by mail, but you have not responded. This is your final notice.
Bigger question: why is the government doing fuck-all to stop it?