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Mass. Sees Spike In Hurricane Sandy Car Title Scams

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Taxis sit in a flooded lot after Hurricane Sandy October 30, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey.  (Photo by Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)

Taxis sit in a flooded lot after Hurricane Sandy October 30, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Registry of Motor Vehicles is warning consumers in western Massachusetts to watch out for scammers who sell cars with reconstructed titles from Oregon that mask vehicles damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

The RMV says hidden water damage could pose dangers in the long-term, including system failure and safety problems.

The agency says it is stepping up scrutiny of the reconstructed titles. It also asks consumers in and around Springfield to investigate vehicle history before making a purchase by visiting http://www.vehiclehistory.gov or http://www.carfax.com/flood .

Red flags on these reports include a damage report filed Nov. 29, 2012 indicating a total loss vehicle, a salvage titled issued in New York or New Jersey salvage and a title issued by Oregon.

RMV Registrar Rachel Kaprielian says the agency has seen more than 50 titled that fit this bill.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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