If You See an Envelope in Your Car, You’re in Danger

If You See an Envelope in Your Car, You’re in Danger


So…You’re driving along a highway, the
weather’s good, and you’re in total control of the car. And suddenly – bam! – another
driver comes out of nowhere, cuts you off, and slams the brakes! Naturally, you can’t
avoid the collision. Sounds like a typical fender bender, but you might be surprised
to know that this is one of many scams people try to pull on the road! 1. The Cut and Brake Scam
So let’s start with that situation. You’ve now got a mangled front bumper, and you’re
standing there looking at your poor vehicle, mouth ajar. What just happened? Why did he
slam the brakes after cutting you off?? Hey, he did it on purpose, and he’s after your
cash! But it doesn’t end there. The car that cut you off turns out to be full of passengers
complaining about neck and back pain. You want to be empathetic and believe what they’re
telling you, but don’t! Otherwise, you’ll end up with a serious collision and injuries
claim against you. All you must do is play it cool. You were
driving carefully, you were attentive of all the other drivers on the road, you weren’t
tailgating, and that’s all good! That’s exactly how you should be driving, so the
evidence will be on your side when you fight this thing. Call the police and gather your
own evidence just in case. Take pictures of both cars, the road, everything! Were there
any witnesses? Get their information. Pay attention to the passengers’ behavior. If
they move around freely and start pretending to be badly injured only after the police
and ambulance arrive, the accident is most likely a scam. But once the case gets fully
investigated, you should walk away from this thing with the law on your side. And it also
doesn’t hurt to invest in a dash cam for your car! 2. White Smoke
Let’s say you’ve found your car a cozy spot in a parking lot and left to go run your errands.
As soon as you return and start the car, puffs of thick white smoke appear from under the
hood or the muffler. Then, a stranger shows up and, gesticulating wildly, tells you that
you have some horrible problems with your car. Naturally, you’re in a panic, so you
jump out of your vehicle and run to open the hood to look inside. Your noble assistant
tells you to go start the engine while he checks it. Unfortunately, if you fall for
this lie and get back behind the wheel, the “volunteer” will start tinkering around,
and – surprise, surprise! – your car won’t start. After that, they’ll offer to tow
your car to the nearest service station. If you agree, be ready to pay for your gullibility.
Not only will this person demand payment for his towing services, but his buddies at the
garage may also trick you by saying that your car needs some costly repairs. Ok, first, try to figure out the cause of
the smoke yourself and don’t let strangers approach your car. I’ll tell you right now,
that guy had poured some oil on the muffler or the bottom part of the engine while you
were away. Also, check if any warning lights are flashing on the dash. If you’re still
unsure whether you’ve been tricked or not, you can never go wrong by calling a legit
car service or towing company. Never agree to towing services from strangers who conveniently
pop up out of nowhere! 3. Unexpected Help
Going along the same lines of that convenient good Samaritan, this scam goes a little something
like this: you’re driving along perfectly fine when, suddenly, someone starts flagging
you to pull over. The driver comes up to your car and says he’d seen white smoke billowing
from under your hood. You don’t know any better since you were behind the wheel and
couldn’t see anything under the car, so you take his word for it. In the same breath,
the scammer so graciously offers to check under the hood for you, and while they’re
at it, they inconspicuously spray a bit of oil under the engine. And voila! – white
smoke does billow out when you start the car up again to see for yourself. The criminal
then pretends to be repairing the defect and succeeds in eliminating the problem. Hurray?
Not so fast! After that, this on-site repairman starts demanding money for his services, and,
believe it or not, a lot of people (especially inexperienced drivers) agree to pay up! Later,
however, they find out that their car didn’t have any problems at all, and they’d been
bamboozled! Whatever happens, do not accept any suspicious
help. If something like this ever happens to you, just call a friend, relative, or a
trusted mechanic to come help you out. If you can’t hear any suspicious noises from
under the hood, everything looks normal, and there aren’t any warning lights lit up on
the dash, simply continue your trip without ever leaving the car. 4. A Hurt Pedestrian
Here’s another way they like to play with your empathy and guilt. You’re slowly creeping
along the parking lot looking for a spot with full concentration. You don’t pay any attention
to a person walking past your car. But suddenly, the pedestrian hits the ground, most likely
damaging or even breaking off your sideview mirror in the process. Obviously, you get
out of the car to see if they’re ok. That’s when the “victim” starts threatening you
that they’ll call the police. “But we can settle it right now,” they add. What would
you do in this case? Experienced drivers (or skeptics!) won’t give in. But there are
those who do. So, don’t be one of the gullible ones! Simply
agree to call the police right then and there. Sometimes that alone is enough to send the
“victim” running. But even if they suddenly have a change of heart and promise that “everything’s
cool, no hard feelings or complaints,” insist that they wait for the police to come and
file a report. Otherwise, they might call the authorities later with your plate number.
Plus, if this person purposely damaged your car, you should be compensated for that! Anyway,
don’t sweat it. The police will likely examine footage from surveillance cameras in or near
the parking lot. Again, if you’ve done nothing wrong, then you have nothing to worry about. 5. “Come on over!”
This is a particularly dangerous scam that’s hard to fight. Crooks notice a driver who’s
trying to merge into traffic. They slow down and wave their hand to signal that they’re
letting the driver in. But just as the unsuspecting victim merges into the lane, the good Samaritan
speeds up and crashes into their car! The next thing the victim knows, the crook vehemently
denies ever letting the other driver over and claims that they just merged right into
them! This is a situation when witnesses could play
a key role. If there were any and they’ve so graciously pulled over to stand up for
you when the police get there, then that’s ideal. But it also doesn’t hurt to be extra
careful and attentive when merging into traffic. Keep your eyes on the car ahead and behind
you, and you shouldn’t fall victim to this scam. 6. Envelope in the Car
This scam typically goes like this: in the morning, you get into your car, coffee in
hand and ready for another day. But then you notice an envelope lying on the passenger
seat. That wasn’t there yesterday, so how did it get here overnight? You’re positive
that you locked your car last night. That’s when it hits you: someone broke into it! But
that’s not all. You open the envelope, and it reads: “Dear Sir/Ma’am, we’ve tested
your car’s alarm system and the possibility of a break-in. As you can see, your vehicle
has major security risks. We expect your financial gratitude, and in return, we’ll send you some
personalized recommendations on how to protect your car.” There’s also an account or
phone number attached to the letter. So, do you send the money and wait for their awesome
services? Of course not! By no means should you ever
send money to strangers with threats! It’ll only encourage them to keep going. Call the
police! Also, try to leave your car only in secured parking lots, and get your alarm system
checked regularly by your car’s manufacturer. Now, before I leave you with all that to think
about, please remember that people fall victim to these kinds of scams more often than you
think. Whether it’s because they want to save time or would prefer to settle a problem
on their own without the police or lawyers, it does happen. So don’t let it happen to
you! Have you heard of other tricks scammers use
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