Fake: The Card cutter car robbery hoax warning

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FAKE NEWS NEVER DIES!

Received these photos and texts yet?

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It’s old fake news that probably originated in 2014, and re-circulated around the world.

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The Straits Times

Text message warning of alleged slashing and robbery cases targeted at car drivers a hoax

Hoe Pei Shan

  • PublishedFeb 12, 2014, 6:07 pm SGT

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The police have checked and confirmed that no reports have been lodged on cases of slashing and robbery targeted at car drivers. It comes in response to a text message being circulated among members of the public alleging that several cases have occurred.

The text message warned drivers not to open their car window if someone, holding on to a name card, knocked and asked for directions. Once the window is wound down, the attacker would use a cutter placed under the name card to slash the victim’s face before robbing them, claimed the text. It also said that six car owners have already made police reports.

A post on the Singapore Police Force’s Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon said that while it is “natural to warn friends and loved ones from becoming a victim of crime, the public is advised to first check on the truth of the information before sharing it”.

The post added: “We would like to advise the public against spreading unsubstantiated information which may generate unnecessary public alarm, causing fear and panic in the community.”

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/text-message-warning-of-alleged-slashing-and-robbery-cases-targeted-at-car-drivers-a-hoax

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HOAX DETECTION AND ANALYZER

Card Cutter Car Robbery Hoax Warning

April 6, 20190

According to this would-be warning message, which is circulating rapidly via social media, criminals are using cutters concealed behind name cards to slash the faces of unsuspecting drivers  in order to rob  them.

The message claims that the criminals are knocking on car windows while holding a name card, supposedly to ask for directions. But, claims the message, the criminals will use a knife hidden behind the card to cut victims  thereby incapacitating  them so that their belongings can be stolen from the car.

Supposedly, the information comes via police and 6 drivers have already filed police reports about such attacks. The warning comes complete with a very graphic image supposedly depicting one of the drivers with a slashed face.

The message first emerged in Singapore in early 2014 but is now once again gaining momentum.

However, there are no credible police or media reports that confirm that attacks like the ones described are actually happening. In fact, the  Singapore Police Force dismissed the message as untrue, noting in a February 2014 Facebook post:

“Cutters disguised as name cards used to slash and rob car owners”

We note that a text message has been circulating alleging that several cases of slashing and robbery targeted at car drivers had occurred. Police have checked and confirmed that no reports have been lodged on such incident.

While it is understandable to warn friends and loved ones from becoming a victim of crime, the public is advised to first check on the truth of the information before sharing it. We would like to advise the public against spreading unsubstantiated information which may generate unnecessary public alarm, causing fear and panic in the community.
 
If anyone has information relating to any crime committed, please lodge a police report so that police can look into the matter.
The most current version attempts to add weight to its spurious claims by including  the image of the man with a slashed face.  However, the image does not depict the victim of such a card cutter robbery attempt.  Instead, it shows  London Rene, the boyfriend of  ‘Mob Wives’ star  Natalie Guercio. London Rene was injured in a knife attack  that took place in a Brooklyn nightclub in late 2014.


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