Good Samaritan Act Scam
This one has several variations, but in all it involves a good samaritan act who comes to your rescue or wishes well for you. Some of the more common variations include:
- Clean-up act: A dog or a child, or someone else ‘accidentally’ soils your clothes. A passer-by notices, guides you to a place where you can clean up, offering to take care of your belongings in the meantime. You accept the offer and on your return, find nothing – no samaritan and no belongings – they have vanished in thin air. In another variant, the passerby helps you to clean up, while his partner takes off with your belongings, leaving you and the ‘passerby’ wondering how it vanished and who took it.
- Fallen Note Act: You have just deposited your belongings in your car and are just about to get in yourself, when someone, a passerby, calls out to you and indicates a high denomination note lying on the ground a little distance away. He/she asks you if it is yours; when you step away from the car to investigate, his partner comes and sneaks out with your belongings from the car.
- Tap on the window: this one is dangerous and one of the most important reason why you should not keep your valuables in the passenger seat or dashboard while driving. You stop somewhere, at the red light or on the roadside because someone signed you to pull over indicating to the vehicle you are driving. You wonder. The person who signed comes over; you roll down your window and begin to speak to him. Just then, there is a tap on the window of the passenger seat – you turn to see who it is and the person you were speaking to, suddenly, places a hand over your mouth and grabs you. His partner at the passenger seat window grabs your valuables and dashes off and the assaulter follows suit; before you recover from the assault, both have gone off with your valuable. This occurs especially in lonely roads.
- Whatever you do, wherever you are, Do not, we repeat, do not talk to strangers – it is a golden rule that we keep hearing from our elders.
- Do not accept any help from strangers;
- Do not leave your belongings with any stranger.
- Keep your car locked and windows rolled up.
- Do not leave your valuable lying in the passenger seat.
- If you have bags, put them in the trunk or lock the car before stepping away from it. Do not stop on lonely roads for anything.
- AND Be Alert and Aware at all times