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Car and number plate cloning is on the up
Make no mistake, this is no minor problem. And what's worse is that any of us could fall victim to this crime, without even knowing it.
The Telegraph claims up to 8% of cars have cloned number plates. I'd say that was a bit of an exaggeration to grab the reader's attention. Especially if you look at their definition of cloning, which I would argue is not actually correct. Nevertheless, it's still a very real problem, that can (at the very least) cause the rest of us a bit of a headache. At worst, we could end up considerably out of pocket or even with the police knocking at our door.
So what exactly is car cloning?
The phrase "car cloning" basically means passing off a car with the identity of another (using the car registration number). Usually, this is done using the same make / model / colour of the original vehicle. It's done by either having number plates made up or by stealing number plates from someone else's car.
Think it's a minor crime? Think again.
Who clones cars and number plates?
Cars are cloned by criminals to commit a variety of offences.
Crimes can include selling stolen cars by making them look like legitimate cars. If you're buying a vehicle privately, make sure you do some checking before parting with cash.
Fraudster James Fyfe jailed for selling number plates he did not own
James Fyfe led a lifestyle of luxury based on lies and false claims.
He duped unsuspecting buyers into parting with £1000's for prestige personalised number plates and supercars that he did not own. And he used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle, renting supercars and wearing designer clothes.
He presented himself as a car salesman, and advertised Porsches and Ferraris under company name Prestige Lifestyle Supercars. How? Using social media channels and other websites. In reality, he didn't own these. But conned buyers into transferring deposits direct to his bank accounts. In total, he was found guilty for frauds adding up to £231,000.
It's taken a while... but worth the wait, we hope!
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Chris Evans' little purchase last weekend has been reported all over the internet... so I won't go into all the in's and out's here. Save to say.... respect! The Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder... in its original Nero Black.... gorgeous little car. Chris... my hat off to you.
Over the last few years, the government implemented a network of 36 new digital cameras along the M25, a 117-mile stretch of road which is used by more than 500,000 vehicles per day. The cameras were supposed to catch speeders on the London orbital motorway, bot a series of technical and legal problems have plagued the system, and to date the new cameras have not caught any speeding drivers.
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Own a personalised number plate? Trying to decide whether it's worth selling? Or should you just let it go with the car? It's a dilemma faced by thousands of owners. Usually when they come to sell their car. They decide they don't want to keep the personalised number plate, but are left wondering whether it's worth retaining it. If your number plate is worth a £1000+, it's usually a no-brainer. Retain the personalised number plate, and sell the car. Then sell the number plate separately. It may take a while to sell it, but probably worth holding on to.