"... are car thieves getting more creative? ... “Now it’s about forging, fraudulent schemes, and resale of vehicles...' Thieves will often fake paperwork to give to a dealership or bank, pretend to be the real owner of the car, or go to a locksmith or dealership to get another copy of the key, the report said... thieves have to obtain a car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), and there are many cases where thieves have copied VINs or simply made up nonexistent ones. They will often resell the stolen vehicles in the U.S. or export them to foreign countries where the cars could be worth more, the report continued... Another rising problem is financial fraud, where individuals commit identity theft, forgery, and loan fraud. Perpetrators will finance a car based on stolen or fraudulent information or identities. In some cases, it can take months for dealers or banks to discover the fraud, according to the NICB report."