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Authorities in Maryland have warned the public about a potential holiday scam that involves the temptation of a $100 bill left on a car windshield.

The simple scheme works like this: Drivers walk to their parked cars and, after they get in the vehicle, they notice a $100 bill in the windshield. The driver exits the car with the door open to retrieve it, only to have a thief steal the vehicle.

“But because it’s something of a frightening nature, if this happens to someone, we hope they will take the proper precautions,” Straughn told ABC News.

A spokesman for the Prince George’s County Police Department said there is no record of this scam taking place in that area.

The Baltimore County Police Department’s auto theft task force told ABC News that while it has not seen the $100 bill scam at this time, “We have seen incidents where auto thieves will bump the back of someone’s car in traffic. When everyone gets out of their cars, a thief will jump in the victim’s car and drive off,” a police department spokesman said.

Straughn said she is aware that the scam is touted online as an urban legend, but she wants to warn the public as a precautionary measure.

 

 

 

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