If You Find Cash On Your Windshield, Don't Take It - It May Be A Trap

A scam has been gaining momentum across the country, and with the holiday season approaching, authorities are warning people. If you come to your car and find cash on the windshield, it may be very tempting to take it. Don't, police warn; you could be in danger.

According to Fox News, police officials issued the warning in several cities and states. Most recently the practice was found to be going on in Nevada, Utah and Maryland. The scam involves criminals trying to distract you by leaving a clean, crisp, brand-new $100 bill on your windshield.

They want you to be excited by the gift so that you're too distracted to notice them watching you or sneaking up on you. If you're not careful, when you are internally celebrating your newfound wealth, the criminals will swoop in and rush into your car, hijacking it.

Targets are often shoppers parked in large store or mall parking lots. Usually, the criminals will be watching you when you park and get out of the car. If they think you are an easy mark, they will put the cash on your car and wait somewhere very close.

They're hoping that when you come out, you'll be so fixated on the green paper on your windshield that you won't be paying attention to your surroundings.

Other such scams have also become popular in the last couple of years. In one con, the criminals leave a small piece of jewelry in a bag on the windshield claiming it to be a 'free gift' from a major jewelry store chain.

In some more serious situations, it's not the car that the criminals want. They could be rapists or human traffickers looking for young, unsuspecting girls to drag into a van.

One woman leaving a Macy's store found a ring in a baggie on her car window and an SUV parked right next to it.

Thankfully, the mom was too nervous about the SUV to be worried about the ring and she just drove off without taking it. She later plucked it from the windshield and saw it claimed to be from 'Kay Jewlers [sic]'.

Kay Jewelers says they have not run any such campaign in which they leave jewelry on people's windshields.

Another woman in Michigan found a shirt wrapped tightly around her windshield wiper. “Luckily, I knew better than to remove the shirt with cars around me," wrote 19-year-old Ashley Hardacre in a Facebook post. "so I drove over to a place where I was safe and quickly rolled down my window and got the shirt off.”

She suspects the shirt might have been part of a trap set. Trying to unravel it would have distracted her, putting her in danger if anyone with sinister attentions approached.

Authorities warn people coming out of stores to go back if they notice something suspicious on their windshield. Go back into the crowded store and call for help.

If you get into your car before noticing, don't take the bait. Just lock your doors and drive away safely yet quickly, then call authorities and report the incident when you get to a safe place.

Source: Fox 13
Photo: ABC News

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