Legislative action is being floated in Congress that would keep hurricane-damaged automobiles with phony titles from being sold to potential buyers, according to a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee report.

Title fraud occurs by altering or duplicating the title of a flood-damaged or totaled car to give it a clean title history. The scale of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita highlighted the title fraud problem, with some estimating that more than 600,000 vehicles may have been damaged.

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