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|Identity Theft And Vehicle Smuggling (cotonu Vehicles) by Consumerprotect(f): 9:39pm On Jun 24, 2019|
Have you ever wondered how most of the Vehicles brought into the country after the closure of the land borders get original verifiable custom documents?
Here is one of the ways.
Assume vehicle is a 2010 Acura RDX with VIN: 1234567891011121
Client pays for Vehicle in cotonu and goes back home to wait for Vehicle delivery.
The smuggler contacts His Custom Buddies, and they Begin a search on the customs database for a Matching Vehicle (2010 Acura RDX)
They find one with a custom duty paid for in 2012, with VIN: 1314151617181920
The documents transfered to the smuggler in cotonu.
Next, a set of very skilled crafts men are employed to modify and create new VIN stickers and install them on the vehicle.
The customs only use the last 6 digits of the vin on a vehicle.
The craftsmen remove all vin stickers and Vin plates on the vehicle and recreate a new vin that will contain the last 6 digits of the original document, while leaving the first 10digits of your vehicle alone.
They go as far as removing the vehicles Windshield to replace plates, and cutting of engraved Vin on frame. In some cases they leave the frame blank, in other cases they engrave new Vin numbers to match document.
At the end of this procedure the vin would look something like this. 1234567890181920.
this is just 1 of the few ways smuggled cars are brought in.
I will be revealing more methods in due course.
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|Re: Identity Theft And Vehicle Smuggling (cotonu Vehicles) by CarGuideNG: 10:10pm On Jun 24, 2019|
|Re: Identity Theft And Vehicle Smuggling (cotonu Vehicles) by GAZZUZZ(m): 5:59am On Jun 25, 2019|
This is correct and I have seen this exact script play out. I was trying to determine service records for a 2003 tundra using VIN, I sent the vin to Carguide, only for him to tell me there were mistakes, I took a pic of the vin sticker and sent to him, and he said it was still wrong, I looked closely and realised the vin stickers were too new for a 2003 vehicle.
Finally found the original vin of vehicle on the transmission (Vin tag) nice one consumerprotect.
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|Re: Identity Theft And Vehicle Smuggling (cotonu Vehicles) by jarkbauer: 6:08am On Jun 25, 2019|
I think you can also get the VIN through the OBD2 scanner. Can they change that too?
|Re: Identity Theft And Vehicle Smuggling (cotonu Vehicles) by GAZZUZZ(m): 7:01am On Jun 25, 2019|
correct for some vehicles, but not all.
|Re: Identity Theft And Vehicle Smuggling (cotonu Vehicles) by ehissi(m): 7:17am On Jun 25, 2019|
What is wrong with these custom people in this country, I cannot understand, I cannot............
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|Re: Identity Theft And Vehicle Smuggling (cotonu Vehicles) by johnabraham: 10:32pm On Jun 25, 2019|
Won't they face issues while registering vehicle here in lagos? Because data base cannot register 2 vehicles with same vin
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|Re: Identity Theft And Vehicle Smuggling (cotonu Vehicles) by AUTOCRATIC(m): 11:53pm On Jun 25, 2019|
This information is 100 percent true.. I have seen this, not what I was told. I will advice all car dealers here to stop given out their vehicle custom verification number,if need be, follow the buyer to custom office and do the verification in your presence and get your document back. Some buyers will request for that for their ulterior motives. Shine your eyes and check all available places for vin number verification.
|Re: Identity Theft And Vehicle Smuggling (cotonu Vehicles) by GURION: 7:52am On Aug 25, 2019|
Waiting for update on more methods.
|Re: Identity Theft And Vehicle Smuggling (cotonu Vehicles) by computerglobal(m): 7:53am On Aug 25, 2019|
|Re: Identity Theft And Vehicle Smuggling (cotonu Vehicles) by GAZZUZZ(m): 8:08am On Aug 25, 2019|
our registrations are not full proof, 5 can be switched to S and I to 1 or l(L) for modifications that will go in noticed by the system.
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