VIN cloning, or vehicle cloning, is the practice of using a vehicle identification number (VIN) from a legally registered car to hide the identity of a stolen or salvaged vehicle. The procedure involves replacing the VIN plate of a stolen or salvaged vehicle with a VIN plate containing the number of a validly registered vehicle of a similar make, model, and year from another state, province, or country.
The problem with VIN cloning is potentially huge, with the FBI reporting one case in Tampa, Florida, in which more than 1,000 cloned cars were sold to buyers in twenty states and several countries, with estimated losses of more than $27 million to consumers, auto insurers, and other victims.
If a cloned vehicle has its true identity discovered, the car will be confiscated, and the owner will still be responsible for any outstanding vehicle finance loans.
In some states in the United States, the car dealership may be held responsible. The owner of the legitimately registered vehicle that the VIN belongs to could be accused of various offences, from parking tickets to serious criminal activity, like organised crime. The victim could spend a significant amount of time and money trying to prove that they are not the owner of the cloned vehicle. The practice has also been reported in numerous countries, including South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
There are two components of a vehicle that need protection to prevent motor vehicle cloning. They are the
VIN or Chassis Number,
Registration or Licensing Documents.
Registration or Licensing Document protection can only be achieved by using technology to prevent the copying or counterfeiting of face-value documents associated with the vehicle.
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