Gang arrested in connection with the theft and cloning of 180 vehicles in a scam worth £2 million
Alarm bells should be ringing for used car buyers, as police arrest a gang of organised criminals running a “highly sophisticated” car cloning ring, warns HPI, the provider of the HPI Check. The six fraudsters were arrested in Leeds, Bradford and Bournemouth in connection with the theft and cloning of a staggering 180 vehicles in a scam worth £2million.
Car cloning is the equivalent of identity fraud – criminals steal a car and give it a new identity copied from a similar make and model vehicle already on the road. The criminal disguises the unique 17 digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the stolen car and uses a stolen V5/logbook to try to legitimise its identity, fooling innocent buyers into parting with their money.