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Alias    Posted 01-27-2005 at 08:14:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's something my daughter sent that may be of importance.

>Subject: Vin #'s and car thieves
>Message received and sent on to you
>
>Seems that car thieves have found yet another way to steal your car or
>truck
>without any effort at all. The car thieves peer through the windshield of
>your car or truck, 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 a friend at Chrysler Dodge 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 car. 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 r, 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 tape (electrical
>tape,
>duct tape or medical tape) across the VIN Metal Label located on the dash
>board. 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 other car thief
>steals another car or truck.
>I slipped a 3 x 5 card over the VIN # "
>



big fred    Posted 01-27-2005 at 10:08:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Won't work on my '82 Econoline. I've tried leaving it in bad neighborhoods with the engine running, doors open, and the words "Steal Me" written in the dirt on the side and still no takers.


Is that another way    Posted 01-27-2005 at 10:13:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Of saying Me carsa...you carsa


Greg    Posted 01-27-2005 at 08:55:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Several years ago I locked the keys in my truck at a grocery store. There is a Chevy dealer right across the street from this store. I walked over thinking they might let me borrow something to break in with. The parts guy just threw me a pad of paper and a pen and told me to get the VIN#. When I brought it back, he stuck a key blank in the machine and punched in the # and in 2 minutes and $5 later I had a key. I had the same thoughts as the message above. That could be any vehicle! Not a good deal.


Salmoneye    Posted 01-27-2005 at 08:21:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Snopes says it is real...

http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/vin.asp



TB    Posted 01-27-2005 at 08:35:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
That will get them in the door. To start mine it takes a key with a chip in that has to be programed. That is the part that may slow them down. Maybe?


John (MO)    Posted 01-27-2005 at 10:41:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
That chip is programed from the VIN also. It's just that those keys cost you $50. and not $5.


Maybe...    Posted 01-27-2005 at 08:55:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
But I bet they have that covered too...

Salmoneye,



TB    Posted 01-27-2005 at 09:10:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
probibly right. guess I had better put a peice of duct tap over the # to be safe


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