Kyri Viehman had just finished Christmas shopping with her mother when she noticed a $100 bill on her windshield.
“Being a dedicated listener to the Bobby Bones Show, I thought someone was #pimpinjoy for this single mom wrestling with a crabby toddler around the holidays,” she wrote on Facebook. “That’s where my naivety came into play. I pulled over to the side of the road to retrieve this miracle money that came into my life at the perfect time. The bill was placed under the wipers where you had to get out of your car, walk around front, and grab it (you could not just roll down your window). I opened the bill, and it read something similar to ‘Ha you thought this was real didn’t you?’”
She went home and did some research and learned the “joke” was a scam that carjackers employ to distract a driver. Carjackers apparently place the fake money on your car’s windshield so that you would have to step out your car to retrieve it. That’s the split second they need to jump into your car and take off. I’m sure the thieves are also counting on getting whatever gift items you may have just bought in the store.
The scam was widely reported last year during the holiday season when Maryland authorities alerted shoppers to be cautious of the new ploy. Although authorities are aware that the scam is touted online as an urban legend, they wanted to warn the public as a precautionary measure.
“I never thought of something like this happening around here, much less to me,” says Kyri. “I am grateful I did not see the bill initially or my car, with my son inside, could have been taken. Someone was definitely watching over us at that moment.”