The Arrive Alive website received an email during the past week alerting the public to a “new method to steal cars. We would like to share this email:
“Please share this information with your family, friends and clients…
VIN NUMBER – WARNING!
So simple, I would have NEVER thought about someone doing that!!!!
Here is INFO worth the price of your car…. WHAT WILL the car thieves THINK OF NEXT?
The car thieves peer through the windshield of your car or vehicle, write down the VIN# from the label on the dash, go to the local car dealership and request a duplicate key based on the VIN#
I didn’t believe this e-mail, so I called Chrysler-Dodge, GM & Ford and pretended I had lost my keys.
They told me to just bring in the VIN#, and they would cut me one on the spot, and I could order the keyless device if I wanted.
The Car Dealer’s Parts Department will make a duplicate key from the VIN #, and collect payment from the thief who will return to your vehicle.
He doesn’t have to break in, do any damage to the vehicle, or draw attention to himself.
All he has to do is walk up to your car, insert the key and off he goes to a local chop shop with your vehicle.
You don’t believe it? It IS that EASY.
To avoid this from happening to you, simply put some dark tape (electrical tape, duct tape or medical tape) across the VIN Number Metal Label located on the dashboard.
By law, you cannot remove the VIN, but you CAN cover it so it can’t be viewed through the windshield by a car thief.
I urge you to forward this to your friends, before some car thief steals another car or truck.”
We decided to refer this for comment to our Road Safety Partner Imperial and some of their dealerships. The dealerships confirmed that this is indeed a hoax and i would like to quote:
“It is a prank mail, was on 702 this week. No truth to it.”