This holiday season, more and more shoppers are finding $100 bills under their windshield wipers.
It may seem like a holiday gift or a way to score some easy money, but beware—it’s more than likely a huge scam.
One person who received one of these bills, Kyri Viehman, didn’t notice the bill until she was already driving. She pulled over, got out of the car, and grabbed it. Upon opening it, she claims that it was fake, and that it had a note on the back that said “Ha, you thought this was real didn’t you?”
She decided to do her own research. She found that articles had been going around claiming that car jackers had begun placing these dollar bills in windshield wipers. They want you to start your car, see it, and get out—just enough time for them to jump in and drive away.
After posting her story, she received mixed feedback, with many saying that her story was clearly made up.
Last year, the Maryland Assistant Attorney General sent out a warning about this, saying, “We don’t want to scare people, but we do want you to be careful.”
One resident, at the time of this warning, had reported the scam.
It’s also often considered an urban legend.
No matter what, drivers should be aware, as carjackers often use the element of surprise. This could be any strategy, including approaching you while you’re at a stoplight, deliberately rear-ending you, or pretending to be a stranded motorist.
But if you do see a $100 bill in your windshield, report it to the police immediately.