A frightening new scam is spreading across the country, and anyone can be fooled by it…
The Maryland attorney general has opened a new satellite office in Prince George’s County to combat this holiday scheme. In the scam, $100 bills are being left on the windshields of people’s cars as they complete their holiday shopping.
“$100 looks good to a lot of people, so they probably would jump out and get it,” said shopper Michelle Giles, according to Three Percent Nation. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the scammers want.
“We don’t want to scare people, but we do want you to be careful,” said Asst. Attorney General – Consumer Protection Karen Straughn, who added that this “present” is actually a parking lot ploy.
“This is the holiday shopping time. This is when the criminals are going to come out. This is when the scam artists are coming out,” she said. “They’re trying to get your money and trying to get your safety in any way they can.”
Scammers are using the $100 bills as distractions to carjack vehicles. While the puzzled shoppers stop to grab the money, the carjackers attack and take over the vehicle. Here’s one person’s account of finding a bill on her windshield:
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