Claims News Service, Dec. 20, 10:16 a.m. EST -- Severalindividual have been accused of posing as FEMA employees in orderto sell stolen farm and construction equipment.

The National Equipment Register, an organization that helps lawenforcement identify and recover stolen equipment, reported that itrecently received a call from a citizen in southern Mississippi whowas being offered a used Caterpillar dozer at a price below marketvalue. The sellers, who alleged that they were FEMA employees,stated that they were disposing of machines that were no longerneeded.

According to NER, before proceeding with the purchase, theprospective buyer suspected that the dozer had been stolen. NERsearched the Product Identification Number against its database andfound a close match to a recent theft report by a police agency innorthern Mississippi - however, the two PINs differed by onedigit.

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