Kidnappers Use Laced $100 Bills to Knock Out Victims-Fiction!
Kidnappers Use Laced $100 Bills to Knock Out Victims-Fiction!Summary of the eRumor: Warnings have gone viral on social media to watch out for abductors who lace $100 bills with a chemical that knocks out their victims on contact. The Truth: This is a hoax. There haven’t been any credible reports of abductors lacing $100 bills with a chemical that knocks out their victims. Police in Clarksville, Tennessee, actually investigated the claim after a number of residents shared the post. Their investigation didn’t turn anything up, according to a Facebook post that begins, “Social Media HOAX Alert! If you receive a post about a $100 bill laced with chemicals and then placed on vehicles, it is a HOAX!” Police said they investigated the claim after a woman in Clarksville reported that she had been the victim of this scam at a Burlington Coat Factory there. Turns out, there is no Burlington Coat Factor in Clarksville. Police also said they weren’t aware of any chemicals that are strong enough to knock a person out on contact, so this one is a hoax. But that doesn’t mean you should grab a $100 from your windshield if you see one there. This eRumor is very similar to actual reports of car thefts that occurred after a driver stopped to grab a $100 bill that had been placed on the windshield, a Fox News affiliate reports:
“That scam works like this: After getting in your car, you find a crisp $100 bill on your windshield. When you get out of your car to retrieve your gift, there is a scammer waiting around the area and rushes into the driver seat of your car. You are left without a car, and who knows if you’ll still have that $100 bill. These scams have been reported most recently in Las Vegas and Maryland.”Some windshield advertisements are also fashioned to look like $100 bills to help them get noticed. So, if you see a $100 bill on your windshield, it’s probably best to leave it there until you get home..
Collected on: 05/06/2015
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Came out the store with my sister and this was on my car! I climbed in from the other side she drove us through a car wash so we didn’t touch it! The rumors going around are people putting 100 on your car with chemical to make you pass out so they can kidnap you hurt you and take your car! Females watch this I thought it was a joke. Well it just happened to us so we drove around until we seen no one from the parking lot anymore.