As more and more of us are traveling, creeps are getting more and more brazen.

It's always so nice when a stranger does something for us whenever we're out and about, like paying for our coffee in the drive-thru line. We love to be part of that kindness streak and we love to see it.


However, as you're traveling this summer, there's one scam you need to watch for at gas stations, grocery stores, and wherever you may stop, that is most definitely not an act of charity.

Watch Your Windshield

This warning is making its rounds on social media. If you see money on your windshield (the most recent Facebook post I've seen about it was a $5 bill, but it could also be a $100 bill), you need to snap into high alert mode.

As MotorBiscuit reports, car thieves will use this tactic. Their hope is that you will get into your car, start it, then notice the money on the windshield, get out and get it, and once you're out of the running car, the thief will jump in and zoom off with it. This seems like it's not a foolproof approach to stealing a car since the thief would have to be really quick and small but it's still dangerous.

This viral post about it was even shared all the way back in my hometown in Arkansas, though the alleged incident happened in the Midwest.

The post alleges that there could be many sinister motives behind someone putting the money on the windshield but the main reason I found upon research is that it's mainly a car thief tactic. If you see money on your windshield, there's a good chance that it is counterfeit and/or bait for a slimeball who is watching you and your car.

Call police or security over to your car immediately to help you safely leave the property.

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