Date
25 September 2017
The man (left) appears oblivious to the car. He is next shown on the ground after pretending to have been struck by the vehicle. Photos: YouTube
The man (left) appears oblivious to the car. He is next shown on the ground after pretending to have been struck by the vehicle. Photos: YouTube

Scam alert as video of fake car accident goes viral

Fake car accidents, in which “victims” extort money from innocent motorists, occur occasionally in mainland China.

Netizens in Hong Kong are now on the alert after a video clip of an attempt to pull off a similar scam in the city went viral on social media, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

The video was taken by someone inside the car.

It shows a pedestrian on his mobile phone, seemingly oblivious to the oncoming vehicle.

The man then looks at the car and appears to pretend to have been struck by it. He awkwardly falls away from sight.

Next time he is shown, he is on the ground, still on his mobile phone, looking perfectly fine.

The man demands compensation from the driver.

An argument ensues, until witnesses come forward and accuse the man of trying to play victim.

The man stands up and leaves.

The driver said he was taking his daughter to school when the incident happened, and he had the foresight to film it on his smartphone. 

Later, he uploaded the clip to social media, where it became a hit.

Netizens said they are worried copycats might stage a similar caper in Hong Kong, the report said. 

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