The ‘Baby in car seat by the roadside’ trap: Truth or Rumour?

3 Nov 2016

malaysiandigest.com

Using ‘Baby In Car Seat By The Roadside’ – A New Tactic To Lure Motorists?

A message has been circulating of a new tactic thieves and crooks are using to fool their victims.

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“While driving on a rural end of the roadway on Thursday morning, I saw an infant car seat on the side of the road with a blanket draped over it,” the motorist wrote.

However, the motorist described it was a blessing in disguise to not bother stopping – as it was a life saver.

“For whatever reason, I did not stop, even though I had all kinds of thoughts running through my head.

“But when I got to my destination, I called the Police and they were going to check it out,” according to the motorist.

The police relayed and warned that gangs are using new tactics, to get women especially to stop their vehicles.

“There is a gang initiation reported by the local Police where gangs are placing a car seat by the road…with a fake baby in it…waiting for a woman, of course, to stop and check on the abandoned baby,” the motorist added.

However, as the news went viral, some Malaysians have pointed out the message is similar to that of which has been debunked by Snopes.com that was circulated in Tennessee – warning of the same methods gangs are using to lure female motorists.

“This late 2009 warning about gangs engaging in a “National Gang Week” scheme of using bloody car seats as lures to trick unsuspecting female motorists out of their cars, then beating and raping them, carries all the hallmarks of numerous other gang-related urban legends.

“In all the years we’ve been tracking this legend, we have not turned up any reports of any gangs (much less simultaneous efforts by gangs all across the country) using car seats as lures to entice motorists out of their vehicles, nor do any of our police contacts recall encountering any such activity,” the site reported.

While the source of these circulated messages are unknown and the legitimacy is unverified, it is certainly an eye-opener for us all not to fall victim of any vicious tactics, and a good reminder to best be safe while driving alone – especially women.

Have these numbers on speed dial, Police and Ambulance: 999 and Fire Brigade: 994 – they will come in handy in any case of emergency.

Lastly, be vigilant and take care!

-mD

http://www.malaysiandigest.com/frontpage/29-4-tile/640891-using-baby-in-car-seat-by-the-roadside-a-new-tactic-to-lure-motorists.html

This message came on Facebook:

Plz post this on your group… Important message from Crime Stoppers, please read… and share to groups!
While driving on a rural end of the roadway on Thursday morning, I saw an infant car seat on the side of the road with a blanket draped over it. For whatever reason, I did not stop, even though I had all kinds of thoughts running through my head. But when I got to my destination, I called the Police and they were going to check it out. But, this is what the Police advised even before they went out there to check….
“There are several things to be aware of … Gangs and thieves are now plotting different ways to get a person (mostly women)to stop their vehicle and get out of the car.
“There is a gang initiation reported by the local Police where gangs are placing a car seat by the road…with a fake baby in it…waiting for a woman, of course, to stop and check on the abandoned baby. “Note that the location of this car seat is usually beside a wooded or grassy (field) area and the person — woman — will be dragged into the woods, beaten and raped, and usually left for dead. If it’s a man, they’re usually beaten and robbed and maybe left for dead, too.
DO NOT STOP FOR ANY REASON!!! REPORT WHAT YOU SAW, BUT DON’T EVEN SLOW DOWN.
“IF YOU ARE DRIVING AT NIGHT AND EGGS ARE THROWN AT YOUR WINDSCREEN, DO NOT STOP TO CHECK THE CAR, DO NOT OPERATE THE WIPER AND DO NOT SPRAY ANY WATER BECAUSE EGGS MIXED WITH WATER BECOME MILKY AND BLOCK YOUR VISION UP TO 92.5%, AND YOU ARE THEN FORCED TO STOP BESIDE THE ROAD AND BECOME A VICTIM OF THESE CRIMINALS.
THIS IS A NEW TECHNIQUE USED BY CRIMINALS, SO PLEASE INFORM YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES. THESE ARE DESPERATE TIMES AND THESE ARE UNSAVORY INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL TAKE DESPERATE MEASURES TO GET WHAT THEY WANT.”
Please talk to your loved ones about this. This is a new tactic used. Please be safe. This happened recently
Get started NOW — SEND THIS MESSAGE TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES TO BE CAREFUL AND AWARE OF EVERYTHING AROUND THEM SO AS NOT TO BECOME A VICTIM.

PLS SHARE THIS POST. u might be saving a soul today.

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