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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Received a letter today from Farmers Insurance out of California. Basically stating that I need to call them regarding a claim against me for an accident involving "my" motorcycle. Say what? Been 5 years since I was there. The claims adjuster I spoke to says he has a picture of the bike with my tag on it. He read off the number and it is the exact number of the tag that was on my 2004 Rune. Which I sold in June and I removed the tag. Still have it. He then asked me if the Rune was blue. No it is red. He didn't know bikes and couldn't decide if the blue bike was a Rune. The only thing I can think of that happened was when I advertised it for sale on Craigs List I posted pics front and back someone took the tag and made another somehow. Live and learn. By the way The Rune is on its way to Poland.

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oh yeah, mostly a good idea to wipe the tag# if you are showing your bike for sale.

if you are just posting it on our forums, and going to keep it, no problem....

Oklahoma just changed the law this year, the tag goes with the Vehicle when sold, you must use a Bill of Sale and report the sale to DMV immediately.

the thought is, if the tag don't match the VIN, then the driver gets cited.

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So, what is Farmers to you and how would anyone know?
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Just sounds like a scammer searching for stupid.
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Just sounds like a scammer searching for stupid.
Yep, the latest "how to scare some money out of some moron" scheme. Probably pretty easy to get them to hang up on you by asking a legit question like requesting a copy of the police report.

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When I first read this I also thought telephone scam, then I saw it was a letter from Farmers.

It could be a mistake in the information about the tag number or state of issue. It also could have been a fake tag but in that case, anyone can make a false plate without actually seeing a photo on the web. Paint one from another state, any number.

If the damage is small, exchange info and no police report. Subsequently the other party's insurance reaches out and finds the info is false. They run the registration info and come up with the holder of that plate. Even if there is a report, did the officer actually run the info and verify the bike's VIN against the documentation?

You probably will need to get copies of everything Farmers has and send a formal affidavit with all the formation in your post (wasn't me, wasn't my bike, I was not in CA that day, etc..). Include your registration and perhaps a photo of your bike with that tag on it. I would forward a copy of same to my own insurance company and to the Police Department where this occurred (although without an incident number, they will likely do nothing).

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Not a scam. It was a formal letter from the Farmers agent in California. I called them. I am not concerned at all as I have proof of sale from a month pryor to the date of accident. Also he stated that the bike involved was blue not red. Also this was an Okla. tag with the number from the Rune tag. That is how they located me.
Anyway all I wanted to do is warn others not to post pics of their plates.
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So, what is Farmers to you and how would anyone know?
I don't even know what that means.
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Daughter just received a similar letter from Progressive in NY. Supposedly her car was in an accident before she owned it?!

I told her to call them back, politely tell them she didn't own the car at that time, and refer any future contact to a lawyer.

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I see vehicles for sale all the time on the internet with the plate covered up. I always wondered why, If someone wants to copy a plate there are millions on the road everyday they can copy.
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