New Method Being Used by Carjackers-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

A warning that carjackers are using a new ploy.
They are putting what appear to be advertisements on your back window.
When you get out of the car to get the advertisement out of the way, the carjacker hops into your car and drives it away because you presumably either left your keys in the car while you got out or left the engine running.

The Truth:

This could happen and in the mind of someone whose fears prompted them to start this eRumor it has happened, but we’ve had no reports of any actual incidents of this kind and neither have any of the law enforcement agencies we’ve checked with.

Last updated 3/4/04

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

New car-jacking scheme

Be aware of new car-jacking scheme Read, then forward this email – BE AWARE


You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside. Then you
lock all your doors, start the engine and shift into REVERSE. Habit!

You look into the rear-view window to back out of your parking space and you
notice a piece of paper, some sort of advertisement stuck to your rear
window. 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… when you reach the back of your car, that is when the car-jackers
jump out of no where … jump into your car and take off– your engine was
running, your purse is in the car, and they practically mow you down as they
speed off in your car.

BE AWARE OF THIS NEW SCHEME Just drive away and remove the paper that is
stuck to your window later … and be thankful that your read this email and
that you forwarded it to your friends.