There's a new tactic thieves are using to steal cars that will make you do a double take and think twice before handing over keys.
It's being referred to as the key-swap scam. Assailants pose as potential buyers who simply want to examine the interior of a particular vehicle. During their inspection, they pocket the real keys and return a look-alike pair to the salesperson. They then use the stolen keys to access the vehicle a short time later.
An Arrigo Dodge dealership in Florida recently had a $50,000 Jeep stolen by a thief who used this method. He switched the keys in broad daylight and drove off in the car minutes after "taking a closer look."
To protect your dealership from falling victim to this sting, make sure you secure keys to trackable key tags, so you'll immediately know the difference between genuine and counterfeit keys.