Is YOUR car a clone?

March 31, 2009 7:55:11 AM PDT
The FBI has made arrests in what it calls one of the largest car theft rings in the U.S. TAMPA, Fla. - March 31, 2009 Agents say these men, and others, cloned more than 1,000 vehicles in Florida alone - amounting to about $25 million.

In car cloning, thieves take information from authentic car tags, labels and titles and apply them to stolen cars of a similar make and model. That allows them to then sell the stolen cars to unknowing customers.

Agents say a new system, called the National Motor Vehicle Information System, can help protect you against car cloning.

Police urge you to cross check vehicle identification number with authorities before purchasing a used car. You can get more information by visiting the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System.

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