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Odometer rollbacks making a comeback

December 18, 2015
Odometer rollbacks, one of the oldest car scams and something that can give fits to car buyers and sellers, are occurring at an alarming rate, Boston television station WBZ-TV reports.
In fact, data from Carfax suggests there are more than 1 million vehicles in operation across the country with a potential odometer rollback, and 200,000 new cases of this fraud happen every year.
Part of the problem is the myth that digital odometers cannot be compromised as easily as the old analog versions.
But there are dozens of online videos demonstrating how a simple device, available online, can plug right into the car’s computer and instantly turn back the odometer.
In the United States a vehicle’s history and odometer reading can be checked free at, a nonprofit organization established by an act of Congress.