Rumours are circulating social media that assert robbers are placing $100 bills laced with debilitating chemicals onto parked cars in an attempt to cause the returning driver to pass out and thus making them vulnerable to attack.
An example of this warning taken from Facebook can be seen below –
Came out the store with my sister and this was on my car! I climbed in from the other side she drove us through a car wash so we didn’t touch it! The rumors going around are people putting 100 on your car with chemical to make you pass out so they can kidnap you hurt you and take your car! Females watch this I thought it was a joke. Well it just happened to us so we drove around until we seen no one from the parking lot anymore.
While the warning certainly gives new meaning to the term “drug money”, the warning is a hoax and should not be taken seriously. “Scarelore” rumours aimed at female motorists that are passed between social media users are incredibly common. And if the above rumour seems a little familliar, there is a reason for that. The claim that crooks have taken to chemically-laced 100 dollar bills as a means to incapacitate their victims appears to be nothing more than a “spin-off” derived from two very similar rumours that are both equally as spurious…
Those rumours are firstly the claim that criminals are using fake perfume samples or business cards in car parks to incapacitate victims, and secondly a long running hoax that claimed criminals were using fake dollar bills to trick motorists into exiting their parked vehicles and thus making them vulnerable to attack. Both of these rumours were baseless, and so is this one.
Just as with the fake perfume sample hoax we referenced above, the inherent problem with this tale is that there are no drugs strong enough to completely incapacitate a victim from a mere whiff or touch. This tale also begs the question as to why crooks are using $100 bills as bait? If the chemical they were using to debilitate their victims was so strong or potent, would smearing the chemical on the car or car door itself not prove sufficient (and less suspicious?)
Either way, it’s irrelevant, since it’s a hoax. Since the author of the message above clearly explains they didn’t touch the $100 note and instead disposed of it in a car wash, how would they know if it was tainted? It seems more likely it was a promotional “fake cash” leaflet put onto the car as opposed to something more sinister (incidentally, a fake dollar bills are what more than likely led to the similar hoax that claimed crooks were using fake dollar bills on windscreens to entice vulnerable motorists into leaving their vehicles.)
We looked, and there are no reports of this type of crime taking place. It isn’t really possible, nor does it make a great deal of sense. We don’t recommend circulating.