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Old 10-30-2006, 01:58 PM   #1
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Salvage Scam???

I just left the DMV in California and tried to pay for this year's registration. When the DMV searched my plate and vin #s, they told me that my Airstream was salvaged in Feb 06 and the title holder is a wrecking yard in a far away county that I have never been to! I have the title, it's in my name, and so is the last year's registration! And the trailer has been in my posession for two years! I don't know how this happens, but it is truely a pain in the you know what for me now!

So, my options are to haul the trailer into the DMV or to have a law enforcement person come and check it out where it sits in storage and fill out a form!

Does anyone know how this happens, or if this sounds like some kind of scam?

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Old 10-30-2006, 02:11 PM   #2
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Yes, I have heard of a scam like this, they do it with both cars and houses. I'll see if I can find the details of it. But yes, it's a pain for the victim who didn't do anything wrong and has to sort out the mess!
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Old 10-30-2006, 07:37 PM   #3
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Pretty scary! I am no longer the owner of my trailer according to the DMV, I plan on taking it to the police dept for a vin verification this week, so I will keep you posted.

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Old 10-30-2006, 07:45 PM   #4
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Hello SilverSurfer , you probably should take it to the highway patrol office over on Calliereal there past OSH. show them your registration from last two years ,Im sure they can confirm VIN and all .I had our 60 trdwnd checked there when i bought it 3 years ago ,they were cool . anyway the DMV
surely can see that you have owned the airstream for a couple years and have the proof of it ,they registered it in the first place .I hate the DMV
and the thing is ,what one person says can not mean anything when the next
time you go back you hten hjave a different person who hardley takes notice of anything and registers it right away ! beenn there before myself .It is
a very irritating situation for sure .

Good Luck on your trouble

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sounds like your luck with the dmv is like most of us. Hey maybe you just need to get it smogged! every 2 years. Good luck Tim
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I am a 30+ year law enforcement officer and I would place a call to the local Police Department, Sheriff's Department, or Highway Patrol and tell them that your want to make a stolen vehicle report. Tell them that ypou want an officer to come to your home, and DO NOT take NO for an answer. When the Officer arrives, explain the situation to him or her. I think that you will get the proper attention this way.
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Old 10-30-2006, 08:24 PM   #7
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If you are caught towing your trailer on the street, you could possibly be charged with grand theft, and the trailer impounded, and given to the scammer. Remember, in the eyes of the DMV, it is no longer your trailer until you prove otherwise. Have a law enforcement officer come to your home, and let them make their report.
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And I would think you should never list the full VIN on any electronic media when selling, describing, or otherwise talking about your various vehicles. Might that be a way for someone to get your vin in the first palce?

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Thanks everyone, I will have them come to where my trailer is. In a way, it has been stolen, but I still have it. Identity theft on my trailer! I will have the local police out tomorrow.

I will let you all know how this sorts out.
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Old 10-30-2006, 09:50 PM   #10
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The problem is that not until the 80's did the feds mandate a 17 digit vin so that the earliers years had duplicate #'s issued. So the vin may be the same but for a dif make, etc. And yes its a problem. But it can be worked out and fixed. Just follow through and show your docs.
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rolwil Do you run the DMV or something/ Great information. Did you find your fuse panel, get your girls home ok/ eat all the extra spuds? PM me on that. Tim
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And I would think you should never list the full VIN on any electronic media when selling, describing, or otherwise talking about your various vehicles. Might that be a way for someone to get your vin in the first palce?

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Hi, I noticed a few of us including me put our VIN on this site with our profiles?

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Hi, I noticed a few of us including me put our VIN on this site with our profiles?

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Some also put their dates of birth also. Think how much information can be gathered with a name and date of birth. While I listed one, and it's close, one or two digits are incorrect. Be careful with the personal info you share. It's unfortunate that we have to even consider these things, but we do in today's world.
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...Tell them that ypou want an officer to come to your home, and DO NOT take NO for an answer. When the Officer arrives, explain the situation to him or her. I think that you will get the proper attention this way.
More details please. With all due respect, how do you convince a police officer to do something he doesn't want to do (i.e., come to your house to take a stolen vehicle report)? And then, what do you do when he arrives to find the vehicle was NOT really stolen and, in fact, is sitting right there in your yard?
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