The short list of Car Cloners, arrested and or convicted or on the run International Car Importers & Exporters, VIN switchers, compiled by CI William Edwards
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
So far, 37 states participate or are in the process of participating in the system. A federal law mandated the creation of the database and the participation of all 50 states by next year.
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!
For example: today 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 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.
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.
See my prior post, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, CONFESSIONS OF A FEDERAL CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT, STOLEN CARS FROM TAMPA TO DUBAI IN SUPPORT OF TERRORISM