How the scam works:
Imagine this: You are in a parking lot and you carefully back out. The path seems clear, but there is an unexpected bang that doesn’t make sense. You stop and see that you just hit another car (most likely older), but you can’t understand how this happened.
You wonder why they kept driving when they saw you backing out, avoiding the impact. A couple of people from a third car come out and say they witnessed the accident and it was your fault, although you know it was not.
Then the driver you hit says: “It’s okay, just give me $400 and I'll forget about my bumper”, while the “witnesses”, who are his partners, suggest that this might be the best solution you have if you don’t want to get your insurance involved.
How to avoid:
Don’t pay them a dime. Use your phone to snap a few pictures and also request all their identification. If you go to court, you need to know who you’re fighting against. Beware, this scam happens everywhere: Canada, US, Australia, United Kingdom, etc.
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