Police warn drivers about scam targeting women behind wheel

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UPDATE ON JUNE 23: The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has put out a crime alert notice warning drivers about a scam targeting women behind the wheel.

They say the four suspects attempt to get single females to pull over. They claim you have a flat tire or you scratched their car.  When you exit your car to look, another suspect takes your valuables.  

13 Action News also spoke with automotive technician John T. Skaw, the owner of Vegas Auto Care near Jones Boulevard and Spring Mountain Road.

"The car will tell you if there's something wrong," said Skaw.

For example, you would know if your tires popped off.

"You'd hear it," he said. "It'd go thump, thump, thump."

Tires popping could be dangerous especially in the front of the vehicle, he said. It's possible you'd lose control of your car.

Another life-threatening emergency is fire.

"You would see the smoke coming out from underneath the hood," he said.

Skaw says the front dash would warn you to most other issues that could hurt your pocket book.

"If you drive a car that overheats to the red, you can damage the engine," he said.

ORIGINAL STORY:  Two victims tell 13 Action News about an alarming new scam targeting woman driving in Las Vegas.

"I noticed my purse was gone," said Alexis Secrist, "and so I knew it was a scam."

The first incident occurred on Decatur and Charleston Friday afternoon.

"They were speeding up," said Secrist.

The victim said four people in one car were trying to get her attention.  

The alleged good Samaritans said Secrist's tire was about to pop off.

"I was a little bit skeptical," she said, "but I didn't want to have my wheels come off."

Secrist said she pulled over to the side of the road.

The man began examining her tires. He tried to keep her attention towards the back of the vehicle. 

Soon after she said she realized something was wrong.

"I thought he was going to help me," she said, "but  all of a sudden they took off."

Secrist said another member of the crew had grabbed her purse from the front of her vehicle.

"I want these people caught," she said.

A second victim, who did not want her name released, tells 13 Action News the same thing happened to her at Spring Mountain and Rainbow on Sunday.

In that case, the victim gave the man four hundred dollars to fix her car before he took off.

13 Action News will continue to follow this developing story.

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