Reader Windblane has submitted the below information following what he believes may be indicative of a wider car park scratch scam in Canberra.
Here’s the scam: Targeted at women on their own who are possibly likely to be intimidated. They park their car, get some shopping, when they come back an irate woman comes over and says “you scratched my car”. She points to scratch on her car. When subject denies doing it, the irate woman points to a male accomplice nearby and elaborates “my brother saw you”. Demands personal details.
Happened to my wife in Dickson at 4.30 p.m. She pointed out that the scratch on other car was a different colour, took a photo and left, badly shaken up, and with a scratch on her car.
If it happens to you, I’d suggest you call the police immediately, I think they’d be happy to talk to these people.
Do you know more? Have you experienced a similar incident? If you do see suspicious activity, contact ACT Policing on 131 444.