'Car cloning' on the rise; car buyers being duped

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 1:36 AM

(KMOV.com) -- St. Louis Police are keeping an eye out for a new scheme involving stolen cars and swapped tags.

Thieves copy the Vehicle Identification Number of a legally owned vehicle in a parking lot.  The VIN is then used to create counterfeit tags. Those tags replace tags on stolen vehicles, essentially cloning a legal vehicle and covering the thieves’ tracks.

Officials say it leads to vehicles all over the country with the same VIN information, and puts unsuspecting car buyers on the hook. 

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