NRMA Car-Jack WARNING

Submitted: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 12:19
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Just received this from a mate in Sydney.

WARNING FROM THE NRMA - PLEASE PASS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW
You walk across the car park, unlock your car and get inside. Then you lock all your doors, start the engine and shift into REVERSE, and you look into the rear-view mirror to back out of your parking space and you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift the gear stick back into PARK, unlock your doors and jump out off your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car, that is when the car-jackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off!! Your engine was running, you would have left your purse in the car and they practically mow you down as they speed off in your car.
BE AWARE OF THIS NEW SCHEME THAT IS NOW BEING USED IN SYDNEY AND COULD SPREAD ACROSS AUSTRALIA
Just drive away and remove the paper that is stuck to your window later, and be thankful that you read this email. I hope you will forward this to friends and family. A purse contains all identification, and you certainly do NOT want someone getting your home address. Especially when they already HAVE your HOUSE KEYS!!!

Loretta Peters
Dept of Police & Public Safety
Traffic Liaison Services
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 12:27

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 12:27
Now that is cunning.

Scary stuff.
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Reply By: agsmky - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 12:39

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 12:39
HOAX.....

......google it and you will see Site Link

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 13:04

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 13:04
Certainly smells like a hoax, but as the link acknowledges, it is plausible. I wonder how many times these hoax stories provide inspiration for real world dirtbags?

Matt.

P.S. How big does the paper need to be? Do you think I could just use a stick-it note?
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Follow Up By: agsmky - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 13:08

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 13:08
I guess the word needed is "unsubstantiated".....Certainly not originating from the undersigned individual.

Maybe they will start putting notes on the rear-vision cameras :-)

Andrew
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Follow Up By: drivesafe - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 13:15

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 13:15
It could very well be a hoax, BUT better to be safe than sorry.

This one has no side effects by posting and as such, it’s up to you whether you take notice or just ignore it.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Scubaroo - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 13:20

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 13:20
You do realise that there's a game people play where they send out fluff like this and...

a) see if they get it back from someone other than they sent it to
b) trawl the internet looking for people reposting it to forums like this one
c) see if they can get it posted onto Snopes, which is like a badge of honor for made-up urban myths

You've just satisfied b) and given someone their jollies.
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 13:15

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 13:15
Another site that's good for sorting the wheat from the chaff...

www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/carjack.asp

Also dismisses it as false.
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Reply By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 13:31

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 13:31
I've seen this, pretty-much word for word, around two years ago.
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 13:47

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 13:47
Yes the 'pass on to everyone you know' is a bit of a giveaway but it still seems to be in mythbusters parlance - PLAUSIBLE.

I don't see why it wouldn't work.

Either way, I think it becoming a 'true' report is only a matter of time now.
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Reply By: Notso - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 15:31

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 15:31
Hope none of the beggars read this!
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