In Brisbane currently there is a worrying scam taking place. Women are being targeted by fake under cover cop cars at night. They are being high beamed and given the flashing red and blue light treatment in a effort to get them to pull over.
Knowing that this scam is happening, would you pull over or would you err on the side of personal safety and keep driving to somewhere safe?
Since I don't live somewhere where this takes place, it is hard to give an answer. I would say I'd stop, because there is a greater chance that it is real police officer. If you get a bad feeling from them, then drive off again.
Your answer could also be determined by the fact if you know you have done something wrong or not - gone through red light, speeding, etc - why else would they be stopping you?
WOW.. that's a tough question. This is exactly why I don't live in the big city... or drive at night for that matter. I don't know. It's pretty rare for me to be out at night alone. Have to think about that. Tough question.
I think I would be worried NOT to stop in case it was genuine and then have a full police chase after me!
However if I was on my own, would also worry it was a scam, so the simple answer to the question is, I don't know!
I agree. If you do drive off (and stop at a petrol Station or a Police Station) then the police if they were for real, would have to understand….particularly if you cited cases of women being approached by fake cops.
I guess the key thing is that you would DRIVE off at a reasonable speed and not hit the accelerator.
You would cop a fine if it really was a police car if you didn't pull over. I don't know how it would stand up in court if you gave the scam excuse. As for not stopping knowing you didn't do anything wrong, it could simply be a matter of real police pointing out some problem with your lights or something else you possibly didn't know about.