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Odometer Fraud

​Each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are approximately 452,000 reported cases of odometer fraud, in which a motor vehicle's odometer is disconnected, reset or altered with the intent to change the number of clocked miles.

Many vehicles with tampered odometers are products of curbstoning – the unlicensed commercial sale of vehicles for profit. The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles’ License & Theft Bureau estimates there are more than 5,400 curbstoners in North Carolina.

Signs of a possible curbstoner:

  • The seller has multiple vehicles for sale.
  • The seller's name is not on the vehicle title.
  • The seller does not want to notarize the bill of sale at a bank. (The License & Theft Bureau recommends notarize bills of sale and related documents.)

The goals of the License & Theft Bureau's Odometer Fraud Initiative are to:

  • Intercept fraudulent vehicles before they are sold to unsuspecting buyers
  • Identify curbstoners and potential clocked vehicles sold online
  • Arrest individuals suspected of clocking and/or curbstoning
  • Assist victims with receiving restitution
  • Aid in prosecuting suspects of vehicle fraud

Individuals who suspect they have been a victim of curbstoning and/or odometer fraud, should visit an NCDMV License & Theft Bureau office, call (919) 861-3143 or contact their local law enforcement agency.

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7/10/2018 10:18 AM

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