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Fake Car Titles Result In Assets

In the intricate landscape of the title industry, tales of scams and frauds abound, revealing the extent to which individuals are willing to go for financial gain. The manipulation of vehicle titles has become a breeding ground for criminal activities, with instances of fraudulent claims and title washing surfacing more frequently. In this blog post, we explore two striking examples that shed light on the depths of deceit within the title industry.

The Tale of False Reports and Title Washing

One egregious case involved an individual who filed fraudulent vehicle titles, asserting ownership of a vehicle that wasn’t rightfully his. To escalate the deception, he proceeded to make a false insurance claim for the alleged theft of the vehicle. The repercussions were swift, as he found himself facing charges related to false reports and title washing.

Title Washing Unveiled: Title washing is a sinister practice where a legitimate title record is exploited to clear a title on a problematic vehicle. Whether it’s a stolen vehicle, one with a lien, or a salvage, title washing aims to erase the vehicle’s troubled history. In the case mentioned, the stolen vehicle’s VIN number was allegedly altered—an act commonly observed with older cars.

Changing the VIN number to mimic a legitimate vehicle or manipulating paperwork is a risky endeavor. Even vehicles in junkyards may fall victim to VIN number theft, putting unsuspecting buyers at risk. The lesson here is clear: exercise caution to avoid falling prey to title washing schemes.

A Scrap Yard’s Complicity in Fraud

In another shocking incident, an auto scrap yard was found to have accepted a staggering 80 fraudulent titles, perpetuating a web of deceit in the title industry. The fraudulent titles included various discrepancies, such as:

  • 17 titles reported as previously stolen by their rightful owners.
  • 16 titles with forged signatures from a non-existent company.
  • 15 titles lacking a notary, exposing the ease with which some individuals skip crucial steps in the title process.
  • 15 titles without a junk designation, a growing issue as more vehicles are sold under such designations at auctions like Copart or IAA.

The scrap yard’s attempt at title washing involved removing designations that rendered the vehicles undesirable for sale. From forging signatures to using fake VIN numbers on bill of sales, the extent of the deception was alarming.

The Warning Bells: Don’t Underestimate the System

The common thread in both cases is the audacious attempt to outsmart the system—the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and law enforcement. However, these agencies are well-versed in the intricacies of title work, dealing with thousands of titles daily. While perpetrators might experience short-term success, the long arm of the law inevitably catches up.

Protect Yourself: Ensure that any title applications you submit are legitimate, and scrutinize individuals handling title work on your behalf. The allure of short-term gains from fraudulent activities is not worth the risk of facing legal consequences and having your title revoked.

In the ever-evolving world of title fraud, awareness and vigilance are your best defenses. By staying informed and taking proactive measures, you can safeguard yourself from falling victim to these elaborate scams. Remember, nothing is entirely new to the DMV and the police—attempting to outsmart them is a futile endeavor.

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