This trick has been used to rob unsuspecting victims who only wanted to help.
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When times are hard, scammers take the opportunity to prey on unsuspecting victims just to make some quick cash.
The modus operandi of these scams is usually done via phone calls to intimidate and trick victims into giving out their personal details to access bank accounts.
Recently, a TikTok user @sfwn_srf uploaded a video that showed another popular trick used by scammers and robbers.
While driving on a quiet street around 1.30am on 15 February 2022, he saw a car in the distance. As he drove closer, he saw a woman lying down on the road seemingly pretending to have fainted and was in need of help.
Fearing that it was a trap by robbers, he drove off without stopping to help and his quick thinking might have saved his life.
This is because eagle-eyed viewers noticed that someone in the car quickly closed the door earlier in the video while the girl gets into position to lie on the road.
They believe the person in the car was lying in wait to rob whoever stops to check and help the woman.
First pandang mmg nampak mcm org lari..bila focus sikit nampak pintu kereta di tutup..tgk betul3— Moyo- (@sufyanmoyo) February 17, 2022
Some netizens recognize this trick in the book and shared their experiences on the road.
It seems like this trick is still used in several areas such as Kamunting in Perak, the road to Bukit Merah from Semanggol, Jalan Taiping – Beruas and Jalan Gelung Pepuyu (Berias – Titi Gantung).
Sesiapa yg duduk Perak (Kamunting), jalan nak ke Bukit Merah ikut Semanggol, kes ni banyak jadi kt sana, bapak aku banyak kali nmpak orang baring kt jalan mcam ni minta bantuan, klau nmpak jngan berhenti, tambah² jalan sunyi waktu malam, memang ada something lah tu.— hafxz . (@hafxzby) February 17, 2022
Some of them are angry because robbery tricks like these prevent help from reaching actual victims.
For those who do want to help, netizens advised everyone, especially women, to drive away and contact the police in case it was a trap set by robbers.
Disebabkan penyamun bodoh macam ni lah, org yang betul2 perlukan pertolongan di jalan jadi mangsa. Kita niat nak menolong pun jadi berfikir 2-3 kali sebab takut benda tak diingini. Akhirnya takda siapa bantu dorang— 何儿丽 (@HearyAzween) February 17, 2022
Kalau nampak benda pelik2 tepi jalan jangan tegur jangan berhenti. Boleh call polis area situ tengokkan kalau nak tolong sangat.— Aida Suhaila 🏴 (@AidaSuhaila86) February 17, 2022
xpasti betul ke x.. so, jalan terbaik, call polis semua details, bia polis dtng check.. jgn biar, if betul, kita menyesal x sudah nnt— mipan.zuzuzu (@mipanzuzuzuzz) February 17, 2022
Sadly, this is the route everyone needs to take for their safety no thanks to criminals who employ tricks like these.