Car parks have been and remain one of the favorite places of activity of all kinds of scammers. Every day, attackers are waiting for naive and insufficiently experienced citizens in dealing with "emergency situations" in order to cash in on them. It is for this reason that it is important to know examples of at least the most popular "divorces" used by the robbers of the tongue and tears.
1. "Help the child!"
On the sidelines or parking lots, you can run into a citizen with a child, who asks for help by throwing money for gasoline. A child in this whole situation is needed only in order to awaken in an adult a feeling of pity and care. Most likely, such "supplicants" are nothing more than scammers.
How to be: offer to solve the issue not with money, but with direct help, referring to the emptiness of the wallet. If such citizens refuse to help, then they are definitely scammers.
2. Hit in the parking lot
A fairly common scheme of deception. An already wrecked car is parked next to the parked car. After the owner of the whole car leaves the place, he begins to receive calls from unknown persons who report that the motorist has fled from the scene of the accident. The driver is being blackmailed by offering to "resolve the issue" by the world.
How to be: do not succumb to provocations and offer to go to the traffic police together. Today cameras hang on almost every corner, if the case comes to court, it will not be difficult to prove your case. Most likely, after the offer to go to the police together, the scammers will "dissolve".
The essence of the scam is that scammers identify newbie drivers by the corresponding sign on the vehicle, catch it in the parking lot and offer to help with maneuvering. If the motorist agrees, then the scammers do everything to provoke a small accident.
How to be: wish the “enthusiast” a good day and refuse his offer to help.
4. A mirror that does not exist
Most often, for this scheme, criminals choose young or opposite older drivers. When the victim's car drives out of the parking lot, a bottle of water wrapped in rags is thrown into it. Immediately after that, another swindler runs out of a nearby car with a mirror in his hands and begins to claim that the victim touched him while maneuvering. It goes without saying that the sentence “to settle the issue peacefully” immediately follows.
How to be: immediately call the police and insist on a peer review. Most often, scammers need to go somewhere urgently.
5. Locks and chains
Fraudsters often like to attach locks and chains to the wheels (and some other parts of the car), which, if driven, are guaranteed to damage the rim or body. At the same time, the extortionists leave a note demanding to transfer money.
How to be: knock down the lock yourself with a tool. Or wrap the lock tightly with duct tape, wrap it in a cloth, and then slowly drive it to the nearest auto repair shop.
Continuing the topic, read about 6 most common ways to "divorce" car service customers.