It's more than just smoke that the Flathead Valley has been dealing with this summer. Vehicle warranty scams are starting to make the rounds in the area and law enforcement is helping citizens take action.

Kalispell Police Chief Roger Nasset said the scam may cheat consumers out of money by offering warranties that go unfulfilled, or in some cases, customers may just never hear from that company again.

Social media has also been a big issue with scams, reports show. Nasset said social media has now enabled scam artists to produce these types of hoaxes daily.

The vehicle scam notices have been reported to look like they come from a credible car dealer, manufacturer or government entity informing the recipient that their car warranty has expired.

"What's really concerning about this one is that it appears that it's coming from a government agency," Nasset said. "The state of Montana and people generally want to trust those types of entities and so they'll fall for that trap."

If you or someone you know have received one of these mailers, call the Montana Office of Consumer Protection at (406) 444-4500.

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