According to this would-be warning message, which is circulating rapidly via social media, criminals are using cutters concealed behind name cards to slash the faces of unsuspecting drivers in order to rob them.
The message claims that the criminals are knocking on car windows while holding a name card, supposedly to ask for directions. But, claims the message, the criminals will use a knife hidden behind the card to cut victims thereby incapacitating them so that their belongings can be stolen from the car.
Supposedly, the information comes via police and 6 drivers have already filed police reports about such attacks. The warning comes complete with a very graphic image supposedly depicting one of the drivers with a slashed face.
The message first emerged in Singapore in early 2014 but is now once again gaining momentum.
However, there are no credible police or media reports that confirm that attacks like the ones described are actually happening. In fact, the Singapore Police Force dismissed the message as untrue, noting in a February 2014 Facebook post:
“Cutters disguised as name cards used to slash and rob car owners”
We note that a text message has been circulating alleging that several cases of slashing and robbery targeted at car drivers had occurred. Police have checked and confirmed that no reports have been lodged on such incident.
While it is understandable to warn friends and loved ones from becoming a victim of crime, the public is advised to first check on the truth of the information before sharing it. We would like to advise the public against spreading unsubstantiated information which may generate unnecessary public alarm, causing fear and panic in the community.
If anyone has information relating to any crime committed, please lodge a police report so that police can look into the matter.
The most current version attempts to add weight to its spurious claims by including the image of the man with a slashed face. However, the image does not depict the victim of such a card cutter robbery attempt. Instead, it shows London Rene, the boyfriend of ‘Mob Wives’ star Natalie Guercio. London Rene was injured in a knife attack that took place in a Brooklyn nightclub in late 2014.
Of course, it is not impossible that a callous thief might use such a tactic to rob victims. And, drivers should certainly be a little cautious of strangers who approach their car. However, as noted, there are no police reports that confirm that such attacks are commonly occurring and the message deliberately and wilfully attempts to mislead recipients by adding an image depicting an injury totally unrelated to the supposed card cutter incidents.
Spreading false and misleading information will help nobody.
An example of the hoax warning:
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!