Don't Be Caught Falling for the $100 Dollar Bill in Your Windshield Scam | 22 Words

You know the old saying "If something seems too good to be true...it is?" Well, that's certainly the case if you come across cash on your windshield.

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In fact, you might find your luck going from good to bad instantly if you fall for this scam spreading across the US. Take a look at the signs so you'll be prepared if you get targeted.

Kyri Vieham had a close call she is using to share with the world to let the public to be on the lookout for this dangerous, and potentially violent, scam.

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She had finished shopping and tossed her bags in her car. She was driving on the highway when she realized that someone had put a $100 bill under her windshield wiper.

Excited at her luck, she pulled over and removed the bill.

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When she pulled out the bill, there was a note on the back that read "haha, you thought this was real, didn't you?" What seems like an odd prank was actually something far more sinister.

Kyri got home and researched what this could mean online.

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She learned that when some drivers see the cash before they drive away, they hop out of the car with the engine running. A carjacker parked next to them pops out, jumps in the car, then drives off.

Since Kyri had already left when she noticed the bill, she was safe.

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She was with her son, which would have made things very scary for the both of them if a carjacker had entered the car while he was still in it. 

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There are precautions you can take when getting in your car. Once you've turned the engine on, don't leave the car or pause.

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And if you get the feeling that something's not right, then ask a store employee to walk you out.

But most importantly — pay attention to what's going on around you.

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There are similar scams you can look out for as well.

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For instance, sometimes a would-be carjacker will bump your car to get your attention and get you out of the driver's seat.

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Your defenses are often down during this time, so you're vulnerable.

Fortunately, Kyri and family were able to return home safely that night.

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Another scam involves someone asking if they can buff or repair your car in a parking lot.

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DON'T DO IT! Either you'll end up with shoddy work or, in an even worse case, you'll find the thief driving off with your cash AND your car.

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The simplest advice — if something seems out of place or doesn't make sense, don't engage with anyone, just leave.

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Manners and courtesy always come second to being safe if you feel you're in a dangerous situation. Remember that.