Chicago Police: Avoid Fraud Scheme Involving Vehicles Shipped to Greater Chicago Area
Chicago June 19, 2018; The Chicago Police Department has requested that The Auto Channel disseminate the following information:
This is an elaborate scheme that can be stopped if dealerships conduct a thorough examination of on-line loan applications and related paperwork and institute a waiting period before shipping the vehicle. This will help protect both the dealership and innocent persons whose identities are being stolen. In every incident that we have investigated, there are several red flags that the dealership should have caught prior to shipping the vehicle. The Chicago Police Department is fielding at least three requests a week to investigate and recover vehicles that were purchased via identity theft and shipped to Chicago from out of state. In most cases, the credit application was initially approved and the vehicle was shipped. Upon further review of the credit application, inconsistencies were identified and the credit was declined. We have recovered vehicles shipped to the Chicago area from several states including Utah, Florida, Texas, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
If you have questions or concerns, contact: Sgt. Keith A. Blair, Commanding Officer, Chicago Major Auto Theft, Investigative Unit, Central Investigations Division - Unit #606, Chicago Police Department, 3151 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.