Date
28 July 2017
These stills from a dash cam show a man apparently trying to stage a fake accident. Netizens say the purported victim would ask for compensation on the spot. Photo: Facebook
These stills from a dash cam show a man apparently trying to stage a fake accident. Netizens say the purported victim would ask for compensation on the spot. Photo: Facebook

Police warn on bump-for-cash scams

Police are urging drivers to stay alert for scammers who pretend to be hit by their vehicles and demand cash compensation.

The warning came after two such scams were posted online, although the police said they have not received any formal complaints, Sing Tao Daily reports.

In a video clip taken on a dash cam on Feb. 24, a man is seen suddenly cutting into the path of a white van but the driver avoids him [Go to video].

Again, the man pulls the same trick on another driver by lying on the road but the latter also swerves around him.

The footage has gone viral on the internet.

Many netizens said the man was obviously trying to stage a fake accident to extort money.

The scam is fairly common in mainland China, according to news website hk01.com.

On Wednesday, a man tried to pull a similar trick in Yau Ma Tei by jumping at the windshield of a van but the driver was not fooled and drove away [Go to video].

The police said they are aware of the incidents and are highly concerned.

Under the Road Traffic Ordinance, a pedestrian who negligently endangers his own safety or that of any other person commits an offense. The penalty is a fine of HK$500.

Any person who interferes with a running vehicle without lawful authority or reasonable excuse can be fined up to HK$5,000 and sentenced to 12 months in prison.

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