Auto identity theft growing, Fla. officals say
By Diane C. Lade
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Four years after she bought the sporty gray Mitsubishi Eclipse, Toni McKnight discovered its secret: Her car was a clone.
It had been reported stolen a few weeks before she bought it used from a large South Florida dealership. But McKnight was unaware of that fact because the stolen Eclipse had been refitted with a vehicle identification number, or VIN, taken from another car.
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