A Jefferson County woman’s Facebook post has set off “alarm bells” in the minds of shoppers.
At first, Kyri Viehman didn’t notice what someone had slipped under her windshield wiper.
A few Sundays ago, she and her baby son met her mom at the Gravois Bluffs shopping center in Fenton. They went to Michaels to buy decorations for Kyri’s first family Christmas tree.
“I was driving down the road. I saw something flapping. Then I start driving and see the $100 on it and I was like, ‘oh my God, somebody left me a $100 bill!’” Kyri said.
The idea is for you get into your car, start it, and then notice the $100 through your windshield.
“You leave the car running, open the door, walk over and grab the dollar bill and they jump in behind the wheel and take your car,” Kyri said.
Had she noticed it right away, she could have been a victim, she said. “I probably would have got out and grabbed it … with the car still running with my son in the back seat.”
“I thought somebody was paying it forward; somebody was like, ‘hey should has a little boy. Here’s $100 bill. Have a good holiday,’” she said.
She and her mother said the fake bills had the same message written on them: “You thought this was real, didn’t you?”
They thought it was just a prank until reading about the scam online.