A new used car vin cloning scam is making the rounds, and it’s leaving victims without their cars and money. For some of us, a car is a status symbol. For others, it’s a necessity.
A car is not a luxury. You need a car here. Felix Legreca wanted a black Chrysler 300 and found an unbelievably good deal on one.
And the car was beautiful, perfect, everything good. It’s going to be my birthday, and my dad gave me the money, he said buy the car that you want. With birthday cash in hand, Felix did his homework.
He called the insurance company, everything was good, everything was fine. It was a smooth ride, until the police showed up. They just asked me to go down to see the car. ‘You can’t have this car because this is a stolen car.'”
Troopers told Felix he was the victim of car cloning. A fake vehicle identification number, or VIN, was put on a stolen car and sold to him.
VIN cloning is a way that professional car thieves mask the identity of a stolen vehicle in order to sell that stolen car to an unsuspecting consumer. The criminals steal a car, then find the same make and model in a parking lot. It’s as easy as going to a parking garage or a parking lot somewhere and writing down the vehicle identification number. Manipulate paperwork, create a new VIN plate and slap that on a stolen vehicle.