Ever since the existence of electronic communication, I have come across millions of spam emails, and vowed never to pass on or spread mail that will hog peoples mailboxes. Now, I see the need for some of those very mails I despise, because I am now in a position whereby I need to get the reader’s attention, and in the process help vulnerable people. I urge the reader to please read this mail and pass it on to everyone you can think of. MVA's happens to everyone at any given time and at any given place. The worst, is when you are in strange or unfamiliar surroundings. Over and above the agony of being involved in a MVA, the very last thing you need, is to have to worry about your precious vehicle being “stolen”, by tow truck drivers. Commonly known as "vultures”, true to the word.
They are labeled vultures, because they prey on MVA victims vulnerability. They prey on vulnerable MVA victims, who is unable to think clearly, because of the MVA circumstances. Like vultures, tow trucks hone in on their prey, as they rush to a MVA scene, and in the process of rushing to the MVA scene, they break every Road Traffic Act, possible, ranging from driving into the face of oncoming traffic, reckless and or negligent driving, skipping red robots, speaking on a cellphone whilst driving, you name it, they are breaking it. Whether they get to the MVA scene dead or alive, one can only wonder how much is in it for them. Once they arrive at their destination, they then start their bullying tactics. Their only objective is to get hold of your damaged vehicle, so that they can get their cut of the profits, likening it to vultures.
The thought of this scourge is enough to make a person sick to your stomach.
On arrival at a MVA scene on Tuesday 10 September 2013. I noted that there were four cars involved. Strangely enough, the scene looked like a tow truck gathering because there was more tow trucks than vehicles, that were involved in the MVA. As usual the tow trucks were obstructing the MVA scene, not to mention how many other drivers they endangered, whilst rushing to the MVA scene. I noticed a tow truck driver hand his cellphone to one of the victims, who was clearly shaken up, by the MVA. The tow truck driver told the victim that he had supposedly called the victim’s insurance company and that they would like to speak to the MVA victim. As I stood by I realized that the victim was clearly going to fall into this trap, and before the victim could divulge her personal details, I interrupted her and told her not to give her details, but to find out what the landline number is of the so-called insurance consultant, she is speaking to, so she could call back, to verify if it was her legitimate insurance company. The very second the MVA victim asked for the landline number, the so-called insurance consultant on the other end of the line, hung up. Strange?. Not
This a part of a tow truck scam that have probably been going on for a while now.
The Modus Operandi of the vultures is as follows.
The Tow truck driver asks you, who you are insured with. Conveniently they have the number of all the insurance companies ,on their cellphones, and then offer to call your insurance company for you Using their own cellphone they make a legitimate phone call and pretend it is your legitimate insurance company they have just called. They then hand the phone over to you. The person they have called pretends to be your legitimate insurance consultant, who is probably a colleague or friend of the tow truck driver, then authorizes the tow truck driver, to tow your vehicle. Instantly the towing invoice book is shoved under your nose. You then sign the towing invoice book under the pretense that your insurance company have authorized your vehicle to be towed. This is where your problems start! . The vehicle get towed to the towing companies yard and you will be liable for a minimum release fee of R5000,00, for having your vehicle released by them. You are most likely liable for this cost, because in reality your insurance company did not authorize the towing,
You were scammed by the vultures.
IF this happens to you or anyone you know open a CHARGE of VEHICLE THEFT and or FRAUD. Take photos of all the tow trucks and their registration numbers whilst you are on the MVA scene. Take photos of the tow truck drivers, and anyone remotely involved with the tow trucks Take photos of the spectators, standing around the MVA. Take photos of the company name and logo on the tow trucks. Take as many photos as you can. One can never have too much photos.
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