Auto-support is a kind of scam, in which an attacker adjusts the road accident as if the victim is the culprit, after which, through intimidation, threats and persuasion, the victim is forced not to contact the road transport inspection and not call the insurance agent to assess the damage, and pay on the spot and forget about what happened.
Usually, auto-falls occur on busy and hammered roads and roads, where the attention of the driver is as much as possible dispersed, as he has to watch several neighboring cars immediately and assess the traffic situation against the background of intense traffic.
But swindler-substitutions are not only shaved uncles behind the wheel of the restored used cars, the gang can consist, for example, of a small boy, a compassionate grandmother and a boring daddy.
Moving through an unfamiliar yard, in an attempt to cut off the path, the driver can feel a sharp blow in the opposite side from himself. The driver brakes to see what he could come across, and discovers under the wheels of an unknown child from where he came. A child without consciousness, but in the minds of his family, who immediately surrounds the scene of the accident, lamenting and accusing the driver of all mortal sins. The child naturally comes to, there are no visible injuries on it, but the leg aches a bit, and the head is spinning.
"Daddy" starts a conversation about an ambulance, that would not hurt to call Uncle Sergei, who is just working in the traffic police, and so on ... But then he comes up with a brilliant idea: "Are you surely in a hurry? Let's solve everything amicably? "- and now, the driver already counts his blood with a broad smile on his face, and no one cares anymore that the boy is perfectly healthy, and the blow was simulated by a sighting throw of ordinary potatoes.
Another kind of the previous setup is a parking lot, usually this action takes place in the parking lots of large supermarkets. Trying to park in reverse, the driver feels a blow to the rear of the car, stops, and discovers under the wheels of a child holding his head. Again, his relatives appear: fathers, moms, grandmothers, and, in the end, the driver gives money "for treatment". By the way, women often become victims of fraud, as their pity for the injured child is often obscured by common sense.
There is another option: the victim's car moves at a normal speed on an unloaded road, and at that moment a young man talking on his mobile phone turns and gesticulating to someone on the opposite side of the road. As a law-abiding citizen, the driver of the car saves speed, but there is no need to stop completely, as the young man stopped himself, skipping the car. Everything, the preparation for the setup is over, as soon as the driver passes this guy, the setup starts: the guy starts screaming, falls on the road and grabs his foot, imitating the trauma. If the driver does not stop immediately (it might not have noticed), then surely the one to whom the young man waved his hand, there is a car on which the victim will be overtaken, driven, and forced to stop. Then everything is as usual, a banal divorce will begin for money, while the substitutes can tell an interesting story, for example, that the injured guy is an athlete, that he has competitions with a cash prize, and that the guy would surely have won. Why such a story is needed? And for the fact that the amount of the win will just require compensation for the injuries.
By the way, in the version of the previous scam, scammers can connect "witnesses", and not simple, but advanced, which at this point, quite by accident, filmed a video camera on the roadway, or some building on the opposite side of the road, then they shot the moment of arrival. On the video, everything will look quite natural, and the most natural will be the grimace of the "victim".
It is even more difficult to protect oneself from such falsifications, since the amounts that scammers require as compensation are relatively small, a person with average incomes can pay, so the presentable kind of a victim's car for substituting here is not important. From the establishment, in fact, and not save, but that does not mean that you have to part with money, you just have to behave correctly in this situation.
First of all, listen less, what witnesses and victims tell you, try to soberly assess the situation: what was the chance to hit a child at all, or to kick someone's leg. Never agree to settle the matter amicably, even if it is not profitable for you to connect the traffic police and the insurance company, still say that you are going to call the traffic police, retire to your car, and close all doors and windows to avoid further pressure. If the accident is connected with the health damage, be sure to say that you will not pay anything until the injuries are fixed, and you should choose a polyclinic or a trauma center yourself, preferably one where you have already been, even if it is on the other side of the city. Usually, seeing such determination, scammers will leave you behind.