Scammers are running fake vehicle history report websites to take payments from people who are selling their vehicles. The fake websites are often on domain names ending with .VIN vs .COM, and are only for the purpose of taking money from unwitting vehicle sellers.
The Federal Trade Commission has discovered multiple such websites, according to their published bulletin. According to the agency:
“Your best bet: play it safe. Go to ftc.gov/usedcars for information on vehicle history reports, recall notices, and how to learn whether a car has been declared salvage. For example, the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) operates vehiclehistory.gov, which lists NMVTIS-approved providers of vehicle history reports. Not all vehicle history reports are available through the NMVTIS website. Reports from other providers sometimes have additional information, like accident and repair history.