Types of VIN Fraud
VIN fraud is the act of replacing or altering a vehicle identification number (VIN) in order to mislead consumers or law enforcement. It often occurs in conjunction with vehicle theft. The two most common types of VIN fraud include:
- VIN cloning: Taking an entire VIN from a legally registered vehicle.
- VIN altering: Changing one or more characters of a VIN.
The most common method of vehicle or auto fraud, VIN cloning involves taking a VIN from a similar, legally registered vehicle and placing it on damaged or stolen property to hide its identity.
This allows criminals to:
- Evade law enforcement.
- Sell a stolen vehicle to an unsuspecting buyer.
Because it can be hard to detect, VIN cloning has become an increasingly popular low-risk option for criminals seeking to sell stolen property.
Car thieves can obtain registered VINs by:
- Taking a VIN