For years, vehicle identification numbers (VINs) have served as sufficient proof of a car’s identity.  Car buyers, car dealers and auto insurers may have to be more careful about taking VINs at face value, however, because scammers are now “cloning” VINs to fob off stolen vehicles as legitimate ones.

That’s why the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is warning consumers to be careful about buying used cars that are priced too far below fair market value.  They’re also letting the public know that VINs can be verified in a variety of ways including through state departments of motor vehicles, online providers of vehicle histories and the NICB’s own free VINCheck service.

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