THURSDAY FEB. 4th 2010.
Then, the vehicle is “cloned”—its manufacturer-installed Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plate is pried off and replaced with another one. This second VIN plate actually holds a legitimate number that came from a vehicle of a similar make and model in a different state.
Thursday, December 11, 2008, FLORIDA USED CAR DEALERS ARRESTED SERGIY ZHELEZNYAK IN SARASOTA AND ALI HASSAN HAMMOUD IN MIAMI, STOLEN CARS TO RUSSIA AND MIDDLE EAST VIN SWITCHING. Sarasota used car dealer Sergiy Zheleznyak had obtained 36 phony car titles for nonexistant vehicles, late model vehicles such as six 2009 Mercedes Benz sedans, two 2008 BMW’s, and an assortment of 2008 and 2009 Honda Accords, Accra’s and Toyota’s. In Miami Fl, we have used car dealer Ali Hassan Hammoud, who was arrested in July 2008 for attempting to steal $5.7 Million from the State of Florida. Ali Hassan Hammoud operated his chop shop under the name of Germanco Auto Parts, also as Germanco Parts Depot Inc, and as Germanco Auto Sales Inc, all linked to the 9741 NW 27th Ave address of “Zamaiss Import Export Inc.” as seen in the story below. Ali Hassan Hammoud also appears to be linked to a second Florida car business that appears to have been exporting stolen used cars to Africa and selling the vehicles with altered VIN’s.
Thursday, July 31, 2008, MIAMI USED CAR DEALER, ALI HASSAN HAMMOUD, SCAMS FLORIDA FOR MILLIONS, HE WAS TO BE IN COURT TODAY ON CAR THEFT/CHOP SHOP CHARGES. Ali Hassan Hammoud operated his chop shop under the name of Germanco Auto Parts, also as Germanco Parts Depot Inc, and as Germanco Auto Sales Inc, all linked to the 9741 NW 27th Ave address of “Zamaiss Import Export Inc.” . During the last 30 days I have received phone calls from around the State of Florida in regards to phony Bank Checks (Cashier Checks) that Ali Hassan Hammoud had written on his “Zamaiss Import Export” account at Regions Bank (current ballance, negative $1,405) to the tune of about $900,000, which is not recoverable. The $900,000 was for cars.
.See my prior post, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, CONFESSIONS OF A FEDERAL CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT, STOLEN CARS FROM TAMPA TO DUBAI IN SUPPORT OF TERRORISM
Once the stolen vehicle is registered anew, it can be sold. In the Tampa case, more than 1,000 cloned cars were sold to witting and unwitting buyers in 20 states and several countries, with estimated losses of more than $25 million to consumers, auto insurers, and other victims.So how big is the possible impact of cloning on consumers? Huge.
If you buy a cloned vehicle and its true pedigree is discovered, the car will be confiscated, and you’ll still be responsible for any outstanding loans.
The short list of Car Cloners arrested and or convicted or on the run International Car Importers & Exporters VIN switchers includes;
1). Abdurahman Alamoundi…. Shirlington Auto Mart, Arlington VA USA.
2). Camil Assaf & Nizzam Darwish……Tampa Fl USA
3). Abdalla Deiab………………Tampa Fl USA
4). Sheik Abbas Harake……..Beirut used car dealer
5). WASSIM MAZLOUM OWNS TWO USED CAR LOTS IN TOLEDO OH USA.
6). & 7). In Tampa are still under Federal Investigation.
8). Adnan El Shukrijumah ….Miramar Fl USA.
9). Pierre Robert…….. a used car dealer in Tangier Morocco.
10). Restricted informattion on Tampa Fl.
11). Khalid Abu-al-Dahab…… Silicon Valley CA USA
12). Mohammed Ramez Sultan…Munich Germany.
13). Abu>Salem and Dawood> Ibrahim, Kings of Cars, Dubai UAE.
14). Imad Yarkas, a Syrian-born used car dealer (importer) linked to 9/11.
15). MOHAMED ATTA USED CAR DEALER IN HAMBURG By Peter Finn
16). MAMOUN DARKAZANLI–CAR IMPORT/EXPORT COMPANY; HAMBURG GR
17). Mohamad Reda Tabbara Export of Stolen Vehicles, “Black Cars” to Dubai.
18). Hossein Esfahani operated three ChicagoWest Side auto dealerships
19). MANSHA KHAN, MOHAMMED DITA, NAVEED PARVEZ, London UK.
20). MOHAMED YOUSEF AL-NAGHI, exclusive BMW importer Jeddah SA.
21). ABDULRAHMAN HASSAN SHARBATLY, dealer Ferrari, Porshe Jeddah SA
22). SharifF Omar Cottonwood Heights Utah, links to brother in Iraq & al-Qaeda.
23). Ashraf Seleman of NJ vehicles shipped to Dubai and Africa.
24). Universal Auto World Long Island New York
25). Ali Hassan Hammoud Miami Fl
If your vehicle is the victim of car cloning, you could be accused of a variety of offenses—from parking tickets or cutting somebody off in traffic…to serious criminal activity like organized crime. And you could spend a great deal of time and money trying to prove that it wasn’t you or your car after all.Enter NMVTIS, or the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System.
This Department of Justice database, operated by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, is an electronic system that links state motor vehicle departments together…and once fully operational should go a long way towards shutting down car cloning activities. If a car is titled in one state, a criminal should not be able to steal its VIN and use it on another vehicle in another state—the database will spit out a hit showing that the number is already in use.
1). If you think your car was cloned (for instance, you receive notice of unpaid parking tickets that aren’t yours), contact your local police.
2). If you’re car shopping, beware of a car being sold for substantially less than comparable makes and models.
3). Get a copy of the car’s vehicle history report.
4). Check out the VIN plate on the dashboard for any evidence of tampering (scratches, etc.).
5). Look for incorrect spellings on paperwork, like vehicle titles.
6). Trust your intuition—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
It’s a serious crime problem that’s being aggressively investigated by law enforcement, Federal, State and Local.
For example: 2009, in Tampa 17 major players in a long-running car cloning criminal enterprise have been indicted by a federal grand jury. FBI Indicts 17 In Tampa-Based Car-Cloning Theft Ring, PI Bill Warner Told You About this Tampa Car Cloning Scam Three Years Ago !
The good news is that in the not-too-distance future, a new national database may help make car cloning a thing of the past.
Checking the car’s history using the Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, is one of the best ways to make sure you’re not buying a stolen car in disguise. But you need to look closely at the VIN of any vehicle you’re interested in buying.
“Thieves are stealing cars, they’re looking in parking lots or garages for vehicles that are similar to the ones that they have stolen, they are taking that VIN, creating a vin plate, some phony documents, and they’re reselling these cars for $20-30,000…and reselling the cars, hiding the car’s stolen identity and leaving you holding the bag,” says Chris Basso with Carfax.
Carfax is a company that runs a nationwide database of VIN numbers. “Unfortunately, Florida is a hotbed for this type of scam. It starts here and it ends here,” says Basso.
And your car, parked in a parking lot, could be targeted or cloned. The FBI says if you suddenly start getting notices of unpaid parking tickets that aren’t yours, contact your local police.
And if you’re buying a used car, check too. You have to make sure the VIN number in the door jamb matches the VIN number on the dash board, and that matches the VIN number on the engine.
Last year, the FBI busted a $25 million car cloning ring in Tampa, involving luxury cars. More than 1,000 cloned cars were sold to people in 20 states, more from this source……