Hang up: warranty 'robo-calls' get FTC probe

WASHINGTON (AP) _ When it comes to spam "robo-calls'' about car warranties, two senators are hoping to send a message of their own.

They say federal regulators are close to filing lawsuits against companies behind the calls that warn people their auto warranties are about to expire and offer new service plans. New York Sen. Charles Schumer and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner say the Federal Trade Commission has started investigations into several companies involved in the deceptive calls.

The agency expects to bring cases against those companies within days. The FTC also is providing a link on its Web site for consumers to file complaints. Schumer and Warner have received the calls themselves on their personal cell phones. The calls target people regardless of whether they have warranties or even own cars, and even if  They're on the national "Do Not Call'' registry.