Please be on the alert for an increase in fraudulent activity leading to potential vehicle theft on Vancouver Island. Fraudulent purchase attempts have occurred at multiple dealerships recently.
A police report has been filed: File number 22-2714.
The Reported Fraudulent Process:
This is an important reminder to all dealers to ensure proper processes are in place when it comes to phone sales and credit information being provided over the phone. Please ensure that a person’s identification is thoroughly vetted and that credit applications or credit card payments match appropriately. If in doubt during an evening deal, and if identification is missing (in the case of a temp BCDL and an existing out of province Driver License) defer releasing vehicle until next business day when all information is at hand.
Tips for Verifying Identification:
Third party verification services are available from both Equifax and TransUnion.
Here are some tips to follow when verifying an individual’s identification:
Study the cardholder information as well as identification:
Please be on alert for fake identification. Follow your dealership’s guidelines and educate yourself on potential identification fraud.
The following link provides information on how to identify a legitimate BC Driver’s License:
Standard features of a BC Driver’s License:
Examine the ID carefully:
It is important to review your selling practice.
Thank you for your assistance.