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We've Been Cloned - and now fines are stacking up.....

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by Fiona/Trevor, Nov 20, 2020.

  1. EmilysDad

    EmilysDad Senior Member

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    I must just have been lucky as nothing like this has ever happened to me. The closest was when eBay suspended my account when someone in Thailand tried to use my account.
     
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    Ineresting, Ron. If youve seen the way High Court "Sherrifs" carry on, if they are instructed to act upon someone, that's exactly what they do. If I had chosen to ignore my first wake up call where a council in the NW of England came after me for falsely overdue rent (long story... in the end their CEO apologised to me because their employees had not followed their own ID procedures) then I would have been in deep lumber. - If it had gone to the High Court - which is what the TV program "Can't pay - we'll take it away" illustrates - I could have been forced to allow them into my house, list and remove property and no matter what I said about innocence - if they have a live writ, they enforce it and I would have been left hoping that I would get back my goods or monies once it was proven that I was an innocent party!
     
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    Again I totally sympathise....but one should not be out of pocket if one is totally and completely innocent....that is for the law of the land to prove otherwise.

    Yes this is a simplistic attitude, but one i would defend to my dying day.
     
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    Totally sympathise OP. Most frustrating is the hassle of proving that you are blindly innocent. PERSEVERE AND KEEP COOL. It will all come good.
     
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    EmilysDad Senior Member

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    only to a degree. As I've said before, due to a faux pas with the insurer, EmilysMum's car effectively had no insurance for the best part of a year (they noted the reg plate wrong & I didn't notice) and the car had been up & down the country without a ping from ANPR
     
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    sonic Senior Member

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    I have been retired 20 years but even back then we were struggling to attend all ANPR pings. I hate to think how bad it is now.
     
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    One of my gaffers got pulled in his Range Rover with a car full of clients going to a golf day. Got boxed in with the boys in blue coming out with their guns at the ready. Apparently his car had been cloned and was committing armed robberies everywhere. After proving it wasn’t him he was told by them to put a piece of tape on his plate front and back so as to show up if his car got pinged in future. He got pulled again for having tape on his plate until he told them the situation. But that’s how they knew it wasn’t him when the others pinged a camera. His RR had private plates on as well.
     
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    you mean tape to cover the numbers and letters or just as a marker somewhere on the plate to show it was different to the plate caught on camera's
     
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    Sorry to read this. Frankly I would be inspecting and polishin a friend of mine, dreadful story.
     
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    Unfortunately the quickest way to sort this is to but a cheap plate from dvla,you can transfer it pretty much instantly.
     
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    When these thieves drive into a filling station, fill up, and then drive off without paying, surely they are caught on CCTV? And straight away the filling station will contact the Police ? So the car details / Reg should go on the Police system immediately ?
     
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    If u have plenty of spare cash it is so.
     
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    To the OP, the best thing you can do is to place a bit of black tape on your numberplate front and rear say in the top right corner.
    Then take a photograph of your car with the tape attached to the plate, then contact or email the forces where the clone has been used with the picture of your car and say the tape will remain on your plate so any other ANPR hits will be the cloned vehicle.

    That way the respective forces can see the cloned car and hopefully catch it.
    There is no need to change your registration number just mark yours as the true vehicle.
     
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    And what is stopping you peeling the tape off filling up with fuel, driving off without paying and then doing 100mph up the dual carriageway before putting the tape back on when you get home?...:rolleyes:
     
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    The OP wants a way to differentiate his car from the cloned car and a visible marker on the plate is a way of doing so.
     
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    As the OP is likely to be an upstanding member of the public as a forum member they don't need to differentiate do they? They know it wasn't them and a bit of removable tape just doesn't make the grade as any sort of evidence either way.
    More useful would be a new set of plates with a flag identity on them (England, Scotland, Wales etc).

    Also useful is to have a tracking device which can prove your location - I use an Amatrac from Amazon with which I can view historic positions and data and print out using Tracksolid App.

    Either they have to put up with having to deny the offenses which is usually short term as the offender's will change plates again soon enough or attach a private plate. It's an expense for sure but relatively minor.

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    It's not for them,it's for the police to identify the cloned vehicle.
     
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    I'm pretty sure the boys in blue just wouldn't bother. They don't even attend burglaries etc so a cross jurisdiction effort just isn't going to happen.
    In any case as the number plate manufacturers details should be on the number plate by law then they can already be distinguished. As per my earlier post more permanent marks other than a bit of tape are already easily available.

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    But once the details have been entered into the Police data base, should it not automatically red flag the car at any police checkpoint / routine meeting on the roads etc. ?
     

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