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tsgram t1_ix22m12 wrote

I once got a call back from NYPD. The guy was very polite. “Why do you think the plate is fake?” “Because it’s Virginia but been in the neighborhood for a month…. and it’s paper…. and it’s expired…. and the numbers are intentionally obscured.” I thought for sure someone would actually come this time, but na, just changed the status of the 311 complaint and left it.


BxGyrl416 t1_ix3t450 wrote

Was it actually NYPD who called you? I got a very similar call but they had a blocked #, never addressed themselves, and I believe it to today to have been the car owner himself.


CactusBoyScout t1_ix487hq wrote

Some guy in Park Slope called 311 on a cop who was parking his personal pickup truck in a bus stop every single day.

The cop actually got the guy's number from 311 and sent him harassing/threatening voicemails.


BxGyrl416 t1_ix4hhh0 wrote

See, the cop shouldn’t even have access to this information. How is that not a conflict of interest? How can cops be trusted when they’re misusing information to intimidate the public?


tsgram t1_ix3uzju wrote

No way of knowing. Certainly possible it was someone who works for 311 and/or NYPD making the call unofficially


drphilgood t1_ix4tey3 wrote

How would the car owner know your number ?


BxGyrl416 t1_ix5bc0i wrote

Read the entire thread. 311 is giving out the phone numbers of those who make complaints.


F_T_N_32 t1_ix4ay8k wrote

To be fair a lot of the plates people are calling fake are completely valid or were valid in the past. We run the plates through a national database check. So a expired Virginia plate that was issued 4 years ago to a Chevy that is now on a Audi is not fraudulent in the eyes of the law. It’s just an expired plate on a unregistered vehicle. Now if I run a temporary NJ tag and I get a response from the system as “no record found” that would indicate that the tag is likely fraudulent. If It comes back as expired or belonging to another vehicle that’s a violation but not fraudulent. Obscured plates are a parking summons, unless they are obscured with the intention of avoiding a toll. In that case it’s theft of service.


tsgram t1_ix5rk8d wrote

Expired plate and unregistered vehicles are not illegal? I’m confused


F_T_N_32 t1_ix6iyk0 wrote

They are but they are a violation. A fraudulent instrument like a plate, registration, or insurance is potentially a felony. People incorrectly call expired or mismatched plates fake.


akanaan5 t1_ix78sjm wrote

where do they print the paper plates out from, seems like it must be easy


F_T_N_32 t1_ix834zh wrote

Yea, people just make them on a home computer not much to most of them.


Imnottheassman t1_ix7q19n wrote

I think it’s because there is not really an option to report (via 311 anyways) plates as being fraudulently used, whereas there is an option for fake plates.

Separately, thank you so much for your responses. Really clears some things up (as frustrating as that may be).