Fraud

Motor Vehicle Fraud

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is committed to educating consumers on safe vehicle buying practices. Purchasing a vehicle is a major investment and many consumers may not be aware of several ways they can protect themselves against fraudulent vehicle sales. Consumers should do as much research as possible to protect their investment. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

There are three main types of motor vehicle fraud:

Odometer fraud

Consists of changing or altering the mileage reading on a vehicle to falsely reflect lower mileage.

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Title fraud

Occurs when an individual alters a vehicle title to misrepresent the true condition of a vehicle or provides false information to obtain a vehicle title.

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Vehicle cloning

Is an elaborate scheme involving stolen vehicle identification numbers, counterfeit VIN tags and fraudulent documents.

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