A crime alert is being sent out to Maryland citizens involving a $100 bill scam and cars this week. It seems that some clever thieves are putting a $100 bill on the windshield of vehicles; this money, however, is only a ploy for the theft itself. When the driver goes out of their car to grab the cash (leaving the car running and doors unlocked), the thief vaults in and then steals items within the vehicle — or the vehicle itself. United Press International News offers some guidelines on how motorists can protect themselves, and what to be aware of in terms of overall driver safety this Friday, November 21, 2014.
Seeing a crisp $100 bill on the wiper blades of one’s car might seem like very good luck. But Maryland authorities are warning people of the state and the U.S. nation at large to take caution and be alert for potential crime; this “free” money is likely only a cover for an attempted car theft. If drivers do happen to see these bills on their windshields, they are encouraged to ignore it and leave the area immediately.
This latest scam was brought to police attention earlier this November, adds ABC News this week. The assistant attorney general for consumer notice and protection for Maryland, Karen Straughn, reported that at least one resident came forward recently, saying they had heard of this particular crime. The resident of Baltimore County alleged that car thieves were suckering innocent motorists into a scam in which they first prompted the individual to leave the car, doors still unlocked. The con artists managed to do so by leaving a $100 bill being deposited under the blades of their windshield wipers.
Apparently, notes Straughn in her report, this crime alert has authentic origins, but it has been listed as an urban legend on the Web. Nonetheless, this seems to be a perfect opportunity to remind the public — drivers especially — to take caution and be aware of their surroundings. This news is particularly important with thei holiday season coming right around the corner.
“Because it’s something of a frightening nature, if this happens to someone, we hope they will take the proper precautions,” she shared with a local news station. “With the fact that the holidays are coming up and more shopping, we believe this is something that could occur in this period of time.”
At this time, there have been no official records of the $100 bill being left on a car windshield scam documented by the Baltimore County Police Department of Maryland. However, law enforcement authorities say they do have numerous accounts of similar scams being implemented over the years, so people are advised to pay attention to this potential crime alert.
“We have seen incidents where auto thieves will bump the back of someone’s car in traffic. When everyone gets out of their cars, a thief will jump in the victim’s car and drive off,” a police spokesman concluded.
It may always seem that scams will affect someone else, but these incidents of crime can truly hit home. Whether it be someone stealing from a car or from the home, authorities advise people stay safe and stay informed this winter season. This $100 bill scam may simply be an urban legend, but it is still an effective caution for other forms of theft.