Video Credit: AsiaWire
This is the moment a suspected insurance scammer sprints towards an oncoming car before headbutting its bonnet – despite the vehicle having successfully stopped several feet ahead of him.
The brazen stunt was captured on a the car’s dashcam as it was travelling through the town of Luxu, which is in Binyang County, which is in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
The video dated 4th September shows the would-be ‘crash-for-cash’ scammer lying on the road while choosing his next target and then suddenly springing up as the vehicle approaches.
He runs from the opposite side of the 487 County Road and makes a beeline for the dashcam car, whose driver manages to brake a safe distance in front of the man.
But the suspect – wearing a camouflage shirt and matching trousers – runs a further 10 to 15 feet forward before headbutting the front of the car.
In another clip reportedly taken on the same day, the suspect attempts a similar stunt in front of a bus but gives up at the last second when he spots one of the passengers filming.
The suspected insurance scammer, who is around 50 years old, was later escorted away by police and even taken to hospital for a check-up after claiming he had been struck by his victims’ cars.
The authorities, who say they suspect him of attempting the scam, are still investigating the case, with no formal charges announced so far.
Insurance scams are know as ‘peng ci’ Mandarin, which translates literally as to ‘touch porcelain’.
Pedestrians are known to throw themselves in front of moving cars and then claiming compensation from the owners – though the prevalence of dashcams has successful reduce their success rate.
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