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Old 01-11-2008, 11:24 AM
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Car theft - by a VIN

I just got this little ditty from a friend - and while it does seem possible......... Snopes is not always right either

"This is too much ~ what a thief will do to get what he wants.
So sad people resort to this level!

VIN NUMBER - Please Read....and pass along.



SNOPES VERIFIES THIS AS A REAL PROBLEM. 12/06/2007


VIN NUMBER

Here is info worth the price of your car....WHAT WILL
the car thieves THINK OF NEXT?

The car thieves peer through the windshield of your car
or truck, write down the VIN # from the label on the dash, go to the
local car dealership and request a duplicate key based on the VIN #. I
didn't believe this e-mail, so I called Chrysler-Dodge and pretended I
had lost my keys They told me to just bring in the VIN #, and they would
cut me. The Car Dealer's Parts Department will make a duplicate key from
the VIN #, and collect payment from the thief who will return to your
car. He doesn't have to break in, do any damage t o the vehicle, or draw
attention to himself. All he has to do is walk up to your car, insert
the key and off he goes to a local Chop Shop with your vehicle. You
don't believe it? It IS that easy.

To avoid this from happening to you, simply put some
tape (electrical tape, duct tape or medical tape) across the VIN Metal
Label located on
the dash board. By law, you cannot remove the VIN, but
you CAN cover it so it can't be viewed through the windshield by a car
thief. I urge you to forward this to your friends before some other car
thief steals another car or truck. I slipped a 3 x 5 card over the VIN
NUMBER."


Anybody ever hear of this happening?

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Old 01-11-2008, 11:38 AM
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I have heard of it. Local T.V. station did a report a year or two ago, they got a VIN# and had a key made.
Now the local dealers require proof of ownership.
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All the more reason to build an older car. You can call me crazy but I always change the lock and ignition cylinders when I buy a used car. Cheap insurance if you ask me.

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Irelands Child,
Covering up the vin# might work in some states, but here in NY, you will have to cover up the registration sticker on your windshield, since good old NY puts the vin# right out there for everyone to see.
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Irelands Child,
Covering up the vin# might work in some states, but here in NY, you will have to cover up the registration sticker on your windshield, since good old NY puts the vin# right out there for everyone to see.

Yep, so Sherrif Bates' guys can read 'em
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So you know Sheriff Bates and the type of people from my little part of the world.
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So you know Sheriff Bates and the type of people from my little part of the world.
I've known your sheriff for a very long time and am well acquainted with your part of the world tho a stranger there now.
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