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Driver has brand new car snatched in ‘Slow’ sign scam

Driver has brand new car snatched in ‘Slow’ sign scam

A driver’s brand new car was snatched from under his nose after he was tricked into stopping by a fake ‘SLOW’ sign in the road.

Matthew Witts, 21, was driving along Fordbridge Road, Kingshurst in his new Ford Fiesta when he was forced to get out to remove a ‘SLOW’ sign blocking the way.

But as soon as he left the wheel, a man in a hoodie leapt into the driver’s seat – and sped off.

‘I was in a rush to get to work so I jumped out to move the sign,’ Mr Witts told the Birmingham Mail.

‘But I turned around to see this guy jumping into my car.

He ran from bushes at the side of the road – he would have hit me if I hadn’t moved.

‘The car was brand new. I had only had it for six months so I’m gutted.

‘There was not a scratch on it but now it’s probably locked up in a garage waiting to be stripped.’

The ‘SLOW’ sign scam is the latest con used by car-jackers.

Another well-known trick is the ‘bump’ scam, where thieves will nudge a car from behind and then leap into the other vehicle when the driver gets out to exchange insurance details.

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