How fraudsters use cheap devices to roll back digital ometers

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It used to be a classic car scam: rolling back the odometer to make the miles disappear, so shady car dealers could sell the vehicle for more money.

You might think that digital odometers are a thing of the past, now that cars have them. It’s easy to sell used cars for thousands of dollars online by scammers who can alter the mileage.

Jennifer Tebedo says it happened to her when who bought a 2012 Dodge Charger with just 75,000 miles on it. She thought it was the perfect first car for her son and paid $11,000 for it. After only a few days driving it, the engine light went on so she brought it in to a mechanic.

“After they took it apart and gave me a full safety inspection, they wouldn’t let me drive it away. They said, ‘This car’s been in a major accident,’” Tebedo said. 

Tebedo said that the vehicle actually had 110,000 miles. It was in such bad condition, Tebedo said that it wouldn’t be allowed to go back on the roads.

“I really just have a pile of parts and a bill at this point,” Tebedo said. 

Tebedo was refused a refund by the Michigan dealer she bought it from. He claimed that they did not know the odometer had been reset. They also claim that the seller who sold it to them before her was involved in the fraud. Tebedo is now suing them both. 

Josh Ingle, owner of Atlanta Speedometer in Atlanta, Georgia, showed Inside Edition how it can be done in seconds with a digital roll-back device that’s sold online.

“Few simple clicks of the button, change the mileage to whatever you want to. We knock 100,000 miles off it real fast,”Ingle stated. 

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