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Kidnap Scam June 18, 2005 10:29 PM

` I received the following as a network message from Nicole Rae, profile: http://www.care2.com/c2c/people/profile.html?pid=264558955. Peace & Love to all, Sandra My mother sent me this...please be alert! Kidnap scam A new twist on kidnapping & a very smart survivor. A woman had finished shopping, went out to her car and discovered that she had a flat. She got the jack out of the trunk and began to change the flat. A man dressed in business suit and carrying a briefcase walked up to her and said,"I noticed you're changing a flat tire. Would you like me to take care of it for you?" The woman was grateful for his offer and accepted his help. They chatted amiably while the man changed the flat, and then put the flat tire and the jack in the trunk, shut it and dusted his hands off. The woman thanked him profusely, and as she was about to get in her car, the man told her that he left his car around on the other side of the mall, and asked if she would mind giving him a lift to his car. She was a little surprised and she asked him why his car was on other side. He explained that he had seen an old friend in the mall that he hadn't seen for some time and they had a bite to eat and visited for a while; he got turned around in the mall and left through the wrong exit, and now he was running late and his car was clear around on the other side of the mall. The woman hated to tell him "no" because he had just rescued her from having to change her flat tire all by herself, but she felt uneasy. Then she remembered seeing the man put his briefcase in her trunk before shutting it and before he asked her for a ride to his car. She told him that she'd be happy to drive him around to his car, but she just remembered one last thing she needed to buy. She said she would only be a few minutes; he could sit down in her car and wait for her; she would be as quick as she could be. She hurried into the mall, and told a security guard what had happened; the guard came out to her car with her, but the man had left. They opened the trunk, took out his locked briefcase and took it down to the police station. The police opened it (ostensibly to look for ID so they could return it to the man). What they found was rope, duct tape, and knives. When the police checked her "flat" tire, there was nothing wrong with it; the air had simply been let out. It was obvious what the man's intention was, and obvious that he had carefully thought it out in advance. The woman was blessed to have escaped harm. How much worse it would have been if she had children with her and had them wait in the car while the man fixed the tire, or if she had a baby strapped into a car seat? Or if she'd gone against her judgment and given him a lift? Please cut & paste this into a new message, then send it to everyone you know, BOTH WOMEN & MEN, because men have mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc. It may save a life. We all need the reminder that the world we live in has some sick people in it... and it's better to be safe than sorry. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. JUST A WARNING TO ALWAYS BE ALERT AND USE YOUR HEAD!!! Never let your guard down!!!!!!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
KIDNAPPING TECHNIQUE June 19, 2005 10:44 AM

The man who used this "could you do me a favor?" approach is repeating the technique that Ted Bundy used with such lethal success.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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