There are a few things that are certain in life, like the fact that money doesn’t grow on trees. You’ll also find that a perfect stranger will not leave a $100 bill on your windshield while you’re out shopping. It doesn’t matter how rich someone is, no one is that generous. And yet, some people actually did find a $100 bill on the windshield of their car as they walked back to their cars. But it wasn’t a blessing in disguise. It was a ploy to rob, steal, rape or possibly kill. So if you notice a bill on your windshield, resist the temptation to grab it and just drive away… or else.Carjackers are always looking for a brand new way to screw people over and steal their money.
Now there’s this brand new scheme to lure people out of their cars after they’ve put the keys in the ignition. It’s easy to see how this little ruse would work under the right circumstances. Who wouldn’t be tempted by money?
Like most of us, Kyri Vieham nearly fell for this horrible scheme and decided to share his experience on Facebook.
She had just finished shopping, and loaded all of her bags into the back seat. She even secured her son in his car seat and drove off. But it wasn’t until she was on the highway that she noticed the bill that was under her windshield.
Kyri had pulled over to the side of the road in order to grab this money that seemingly came out of nowhere.
Unfortunately, the bill was under the wipers, which meant that she had to get out of the car, walk around the front, and grab it. But what turned out to be a blessing was actually just a bad joke.
Well, it turns out that it was more than just a bad joke. It was, in fact, a whole lot worse, but she dodged a bullet.
When she opened the dollar bill, it read, “ha,ha, you thought this was real, didn’t you?” After rolling her eyes and shaking her head, she got back in her car and drove home. But something about the experience left her disturbed.
She quickly discovered that it’s ploy where someone places the money on your car while parked right next to you. Once you step around the front of the car, they jump into the driver’s seat and take off with your car.
Luckily Kyri hadn’t seen the bill until she was hitting warp 10 on the highway.
There was also no one around when she pulled over, which meant that the would-be thief hadn’t followed her onto the highway. As she read more about this apparently popular scam, she realized she was very lucky.
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She had come dangerously close to becoming entangled in a rather dangerous predicament.
Kyrie feels that someone was definitely watching over her and her son at that moment. Had she seen the $100 bill, things could have turned out differently. But it’s also an experience that taught her something as well.
It’s not just this scam that you have to worry about. There are thieves constantly waiting for an opportunity to knock.
So Kyri suggests that if you ever feel uncomfortable walking from the store to your car, you can always ask a store employee to walk with you. This will deter a thief from coming towards you and stealing your car or hurting you.
It’s also very important not to let any distractions keep you from turning on your car and driving away.
You can worry about the consequences later, so long as you haven’t hurt anyone while trying to get away. But you also shouldn’t let distractions keep you from maintaining situational awareness while walking to your vehicle.
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Authorities in Maryland went on alert back in 2014 when another potential holiday scam reared its ugly head.
But to date, there’s no record of the scam ever having occurred, at least not at the Prince George’s County Police Department in the city where a similar scam took place. But although it’s become sort of an urban legend, cops still prefer that people err on the side of caution.
With the case in Maryland, the tactic was a bit different in that the thieves didn’t use a $100 bill to scam their victims.
Police claim that there have been reports where car thieves will bump the back of someone’s car in traffic and when everyone gets out of their cars, the thief will jump into the victim’s car and drive off in a similar fashion as with the $100 bill scam.
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It’s also important to note that if the thief had gotten away with it, he could have left with more than Kyri’s car.
Remember that she had already placed the baby in the backseat. So the thief would have driven away to who knows where with her baby in tow, and whether she ever saw her toddler son alive again would have been a mystery.
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Other scams wind up costing victims a lot more than $100 alone. In fact, it’s more like $200.
According to Karen Straughan of the Maryland Assistant Attorney General-Consumer Protection Office, some scammers will approach a car owner in a parking lot and ask them for help in repairing a vehicle’s ding or dent for an amount of $200.
After the scammer completes the alleged auto body repair, the car owner will discover one of two things.<
Either the job was shoddy and the car paint is peeling, or the thief drives away with your car and uses the money they took from you as a proverbial ornament in the rearview mirror. Think of it as a trophy or a testimonial for how slick they were and how gullible you were.
Just because this scam has been touted as an urban legend, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it seriously.
This nearly happened to Kyri in a parking lot in broad daylight. If she’d attempted to retrieve this seemingly miracle money, she would have been another victim of some trickster who should seriously consider being gainfully employed.
Don’t assume that incidents like this one, if true, would only be limited to the U.S. alone.
Even though there have been no reports of this scam happening in Europe, thieves and scam artist are a global phenomenon and there’s no such thing as Santa Claus or anyone willing to slip you a $100 bill or 50 Euros just because you’re a nice person.
It’s sad that people have to stoop to this level to steal a car from a hard working individual.
But it happens and they’ll use the one thing that most people can’t resist to turn you into a carjacking victim… cash! So don’t get fooled by something that’s flapping on your windshield, even if it’s a freaking flyer.
This scam has reportedly happened during the holiday season, and it’s unfortunate.
Instead of people being in the spirit of giving, they wind up being taken, or rather, their car does, along with all your presents in the trunk, and maybe even a baby in the backseat.
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It seems like a Christmas miracle to find money, and in today’s economy, it’s beyond welcomed.
When Kyri had initially found the $100 bill, she felt that it had come into her life at the perfect time. After all, she’d just spent loads of cash at the arts and crafts store, Michael’s. But if you’re thinking that rolling down your window to grab the cash is safer, it’s not. It just leaves you vulnerable to the thief.
There are also obvious warning signs to look for when you’re parked in front of a store.
The one thing that should make your spider sense tingle is if you’re the only vehicle in the parking lot, and another car parks right next to you. Also, if you walk out of the store and it’s just you and another person’s car, and the other car has someone in it.
You’re better off parking in a lot that’s full of cars, but don’t let that leave you with a false sense of security.
If you’re parked too far away from the store or there are bigger vehicles, like trucks blocking the line of sight of other car owners or store attendants, you could end up being the victim of car theft or worse and no one will be able to help. You might also want to keep an eye on suspicious behavior from an individual that’s walking around the parking lot.
Now it’s not about stereotyping or anything, but if you see someone with sunglasses and a hoodie in the middle of a summer evening, then that’s troublesome. If they seem to be looking inside someone’s vehicle, then that’s a red flag that you can’t ignore. A thief will look for any opportunity to break into someone’s car, but there’s one thing that can make your vehicle a target.
If you’ve gone shopping and left a bunch of bags in the car to shop some more, thieves will be on the lookout for that. Once you’re out of sight, they’ll go in and smash the window open and take your things, or maybe even drive off in your car too. You might also want to avoid leaving the window cracked up, even a little, unless you have a dog in there.
In fact, you’re better off leaving your pet at home or with a sitter rather than risk giving a thief an advantage. All they need is to find a small crack in the window and they can stick their hand or a hanger to unlock the door from the inside. Then, with a little hot wiring, your car is gone and Fido goes missing too. According to a site called Snopes.com, the whole carjacking alert story has been roaming the internet since February 2004. But they claim that it’s false. However, there’s nothing to rule out that a few thefts may have been carried out, even though no reports were filed. They also claim that their law enforcement contacts are unfamiliar with any cases related to stories like the one Kyri posted. Of course, given the nature of criminals, it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with being safe rather than sorry.