If You Spot A Plastic Bottle Wedged On Your Car Tire, You May Be About To Become A Victim Of Crime

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“Imagine [that] you walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside,” read the message presented on the site. “Then you lock all your doors, start the engine and shift into reverse. You look into the rearview window to back out of your parking space, and you notice a piece of paper, some sort of advertisement stuck to your rear window.”

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At that point, the email claimed that the “advertisement” actually had another purpose. “So you shift into park, unlock your doors and jump out of your vehicle to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view,” it continued. “When you reach the back of your car, that is when the carjackers jump out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off.”

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“Your engine was running, your purse is in the car, and they practically mow you down as they speed off in your car,” the message added. “Be aware of this new scheme. Just drive away and remove the paper that is stuck to your window later.” Snopes then reported that another supposed scam, bearing some striking similarities to this one, was also doing the rounds.

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