VIN Cloning Takes Victims For A Ride
A growing trend among scammers. Video by nbc26.comvideo
GREEN BAY-- The scam has cost used car buyers billions of dollars over several years. It's being called identity theft of your car. It’s next to impossible to avoid having your VIN copied by a scammer, but there are steps you can take to avoid buying one of these stolen cars.
JoEllen Wollangk of the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau says it is making its way to Northeast Wisconsin.
It works much like other scams that prey on consumers looking to save some money.
"If someone gives you the emergency I need money right away spiel on trying to sell this car to you, consider that another red flag, and be cautious with that they want the money and run and get out quickly,” Wollangk said.
Wisconsin is one of 32 states that shares information with other states before a title is issued, but experts say there's no way to completely stop it. So when you're ready to buy a used car make sure all three of the VIN plates match and do some homework with a vehicle history report.