• Dec 6th 2009 at 9:34AM
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Luxury cars are nice. Most people would consider some kind of sacrifice to own one, while others plant their behinds in Corinthian Leather through ill-gotten gains. When something is desirable, there's no end to the scheming. The latest tactic for driving luxe without earning it is pretty blatant: just show up and take it! Automotive News reports that the FBI is currently looking into an operation that's using the identity of Atlas Towing and Recovery of Illinois, a real, legitimate business, to take luxury vehicles right out from under the noses of dealerships.

The false haulers are apparently showing up at dealers and picking up cars using Atlas Towing's credentials, causing the National Auto Auction Association to send out a warning. Over the summer, Manheim Auto Auctions also got hit with a fake car hauler, and that operation is believed to be connected to the more recent activity. Dealers have been warned to notify the authorities if anyone posing as Atlas Towing and Recovery comes calling and and tries to pick up vehicles. It is pretty slick, though, showing up with a truck and an air of official-ness. Points for cleverness, but it's likely not clever enough to avoid capture eventually.

[Source: Automotive News - sub req, | Image: BringATrailer]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Corinthian leather? You mean they're stealing old Chryslers? Why bother?
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Never seen that truck before....looks cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Literally daylight robbery.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You never saw "that" tow truck before? In other words "that's" the only tow truck in America that never towed your Toyota? Give it time. If you keep buying Toyota's eventually this one will get to you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously considering reporting you to the Secret Service.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope that isn't just some random pic of some ligitimate guy's hauler you posted there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      These thieves can only steal from people who subcontract out towing.

      which is why i dont understand why more large dealer networks dont have their own transport service, they lose risk, save money,and open up a new way to make money.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Very clever. I've seen it at our dealership, someone shows up we know nothing about it and just shrug it off as the company not communicating to us. I hope after this report our procedures change a bit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You gotta love the massive B-pillars on those old Dodge trucks!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, because the guys stealing the cars are definitely going to stop for a picture.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No, i m not on the same way.
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