VIN Cloning Continues to be a Growing Trend

NICB Special Agent David Renaud talks about how car thieves are taking the vehicle identification number, or VIN, of your car and placing it on a stolen vehicle for resale.

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If you're buying a car and you're worried it might be stolen, you can go to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's website to run an online VIN check. The website offers a free service that tells you if a vehicle has been reported as stolen. The website is

Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800.TEL.NICB (800.835.6422) or submitting a form on our website.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to combatting and preventing insurance crime through Intelligence, Analytics, and Operations; Education and Crime Prevention; and Strategy, Policy, and Advocacy. The NICB is supported by more than 1,200 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $582 billion in insurance premiums in 2021, or more than 82% of the nation's property-casualty insurance. That includes more than 96% of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more, visit