P1. Woman Issues Frightening Warning After Finding a Stroller Abandoned on the Side of The Road

In a world where the instinct to help those in need is strong, a new and alarming scam has emerged that preys on the kindness of strangers. A concerned mother has taken to social media to warn others about something sinister. She warned about the dangers of stopping to assist what appears to be an abandoned baby or stroller on the side of the road.

The Viral Warning

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The mother’s post, which has since gone viral, includes a picture of a stroller parked just off a road next to some bushes. Her urgent message reads: “If you see a stroller, car seat, or any type of baby situation alone in the middle of nowhere, please, I repeat, don’t get out. Be safe.”

Reactions from the Public

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The response to this warning was immediate and widespread. Many people expressed their agreement and shared their own concerns:

Safety Concerns: One person commented, “Yes, people lie in wait. At best they rob you, at worst they bash you too.”
Economic Desperation: Another noted, “Families are struggling, some of them will use kids as bait.”
The Modus Operandi

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This ‘abandoned baby’ tactic is a method used by thieves who lie in wait to ambush well-meaning individuals. When a kind-hearted person stops to check on the seemingly abandoned stroller, the criminals strike. Often leading to robbery or physical harm.

Not a New Tactic

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This isn’t the first time such warnings have been issued. However, the latest post has gained significant attention, with people from around the world commenting on the cruel nature of using a baby as bait.

Public Reactions: One mother remarked, “OMG – I would be out of the car so fast to check, thanks for the warning.”
Emotional Manipulation: Another person added, “This is so cruel because they are targeting the best of us.”
Alternatives to Stopping

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Given the potential danger, many advised alternative actions to stopping:

Call Authorities: “I would just call the police to have a look at it. It sounds harsh but it isn’t worth the trouble.”
Stay Vigilant: Others suggested staying in the vehicle and contacting law enforcement rather than physically intervening.
Humorous Reactions

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Not all responses were serious; some found humor in the situation:

Husband’s Struggle: “This stroller was probably dumped by my husband who after two years still can’t workout how to fold it for the boot.”
Toddler Tantrums: “A mum had to dump it cos her toddler wanted to walk but didn’t want her to push the groceries in the empty pram. She will be back to get it later.”
Other Similar Scams

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The ‘abandoned baby’ scam is part of a broader trend of deceptive practices designed to exploit Good Samaritans. Other similar scams include:

People shared their own experiences and the advice they’ve received:

Police Advice: “I pulled over to help a man passed out on the side of the road once. The police officer yelled at me and said it is often a scam and as a single woman I should be more careful.”
Women Scammers: “I have heard of women screaming for help only to do the same thing. Just call the cops and move on.”
Conclusion

In a world where scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated, being aware and cautious can make all the difference. If you ever encounter an ‘abandoned baby’ or any other suspicious situation, remember to stay safe, call the police, and avoid putting yourself in harm’s way.