Have You Heard: Coin in car door theft hoax, delivery notice scam

Have You Heard: Coin in car door theft hoax, delivery notice scam

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Have You Heard that thieves can use a coin to break into your car? True or false? And, be on the lookout for suspicious delivery notices because you may be opening the door to a scam, or worse.

Tracie Amanda Griffin‎ wrote the following message to WTOC Don Logana:

"Hi Don, I saw this story on my news feed about a new way thieves are taking belongings out of cars. Here is a link to the story. I'm just curious to know if it's true. Starting at the end of 2015, social media rumors circulated warning about an alleged "new way" for thieves to thieve. Criminals simply needed to wedge a coin in the car handle of any vehicle in order to seamlessly override the car's locking mechanism without attracting the driver's attention. This is both false and not realistic. Mechanics will tell you car door locks can't really be disabled like this. If you Google it, the websites sharing this info are not legit news sources either," she explained.

Another concerned citizen, Teri Karj,‎ wrote, "Please let people know if they receive this in the mail, to not call the number on the other side. It is a scam to get into your home and they won't leave until you purchase something! These delivery notice scams have been around for a while. The scam is old and the notices get more slick. If it's not from UPS, FedEx or a known package delivery company, do not reply."

Latiesha Groover says, "There is a guy on FB trying to scam you through hacking random friends to tell you they received money from the government, $50,000 and a HP laptop. Jasmaine Grant is the giver. His page looks fake, but this is a scam!"

If a stranger contacts you on Facebook using poor grammar promising money you never won and didn't enter to win, it is a scam. If a friend completely out of character starts pitching wild offers, be very suspicious. They were probably hacked.

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