KEEPING YOUR VEHICLE & YOURSELF SECURE

Someone is calling people pretending to be Beaver Toyota.  They tell them they’ve won a new Toyota and that they should bring their drivers license and insurance to Albuquerque.  Our dealership is located in Santa Fe so there is no reason to go to Albuquerque.  While we do sometimes have promotions, we always require that you come to the dealership, not to a third party. 

 

Several of our customers called us about this.  I spoke to the Consumer Protection office for New Mexico who also received some complaints.  They believe these calls are coming from out of the country and they are definitely a scam for identity theft purposes.  This department has several helpful tips on their website about scams and how to protect yourself.  More information about “scams” in New Mexico and some helpful tips are listed here.

 

Beaver Toyota is very concerned someone is using our name to try to hurt you.  So we’d like to take a proactive approach and give you some helpful hints on how to protect yourself. 

 

PHONE CALLS:

Be suspicious of any unsolicited calls.  Never give out personal information unless you know the person or can verify who they are.   ALWAYS ask for the person’s name and contact information. If they give you a cell phone number, also ask for a phone number at their business or organization.   Beaver Toyota has a secure online way to  run your credit .  Some of our customers prefer to give their information to a sales person over the phone.  Before doing so, always verify the person is with the dealership.  You can do this by calling  us at 866-847-7916 and then asking to speak to that salesperson. 

 

ONLINE PROTECTION:

A report came out last fall about phishing scams that target automotive brands.  Verify any links before clicking on them.  There are several ways you can do this.  Hover over the link to see if the address pops up.  Right click and “view source”  to see the address. The most important is what’s just before the “.com”. 

Free software is available that rates links.  McAfee has a free site that does just that:  http://www.siteadvisor.com

 

LEAVING THINGS IN THE CAR:

Don’t keep the car’s title in the glove compartment. Keep it at home.  Always lock up valuables in your trunk. If you have a truck or SUV that doesn’t have a trunk, ask our parts department about options to cover your valuables securely.

 

KEYS:

Remember those handy little things you use to hide a spare key under your car?  Well, thieves know about those too.  So they aren’t very secure. 

Only give the ignition key to a parking attendant. Never give anyone a key to your car that has the security codes attached.  Keep that someplace safe.

Toyota has several security options for your vehicle.   You already know about keyless entry, and panic buttons. Call your salesperson or  our parts department  for more options available to you.  

 

PARKING:

Park in a well lighted busy location if possible. 

After parking your car, set the emergency brake and put the car in “park” or in gear if it has manual transmission. Turn the steering wheel sharply to the left or right and remove the key to lock the steering column.  This makes it more difficult for a thief to steal it.

Lock all doors and roll up all windows whenever leaving your vehicle, even if it us just for a short time. 

NEVER leave your car running and unattended, even for a brief moment.

 

MORE TIPS?

Do you have more tips to share? Please post them below. We’d love to hear from you.

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