Illicit and illiterate: Your car 'will tow away'

Brooklyn Currents | 8/06/2013 | 0 comments

Imagine this:

You had parked your trusty Chevy overnight on Avenue Y. When you get to your car the next day, you see a printed WARNING with a prominent NYPD logo.

"What's wrong with parking here?" you wonder to yourself. "There's no meter or hydrant. I've parked here dozens of times before."
Then you take a closer look at the paper. The NYPD logo looks legitimate, all right, but then you read the text. "If we will see your car parked with same way, it will tow away with owner's expense. Or you will receive traffic summen."

You realize that cops may not have PhD's, but they generally don't write tickets that way. It sounds like those scam emails you always get telling you that you're about to be sent US$2 million from a bank in Nigeria.

You soon discover that you're not alone. These notices have been placed on cars all along Avenue Y from East 15th Street to Homecrest Avenue.
"I came to my car in the morning and found the notice," Yula Gorlenko told Brooklyn Currents. "My neighbor got one, too. I asked her why and she told me it was not a real ticket."

Avenue Y resident Alex Levchenko saw the notice on his car and on four other vehicles. "I threw mine away," he said. " There were people reading them on other people's cars wondering what they were."

The key question was, why? It couldn't be any attempt at having car owners call in with personal information to enable identity theft, since there was no phone number or any other contact information on the notices.

Officers with the 61st Precinct theorize that the scammers' motive was to scare off car owners from parking in the area, to secure parking spaces for themselves or just to relieve the congestion.

There were no immediate reports of the notices in any other areas of Brooklyn.

Neither were there reports of anyone thinking these were real tickets and moving their cars. The perpetrators may have just taken the chance that  one or two car owners would fall for it and park somewhere else.

And that then, they would go home and check their email for $2 million.


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