Do thieves use a business card knife to rob drivers? !

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Are thieves using a business card knife to attack and rob drivers?

Take a look at the viral claim and find out what the FACTS really are!

Claim : Thieves use business card knife to rob drivers!

People are anxiously sharing a series of photos, along with these messages in English and Malay, on Facebook and WhatsApp:

At present, according to the information received from a traffic police friend, there are already six card owners who have made police reports, if there is someone holding a name card and knocking on your car window to ask for directions.

Please do not open your car windows, because there is a cutter placed under the business card which is used to cut the victim’s face and steal.

Please be very careful! Thank you for spreading this message! Please also send to those who don’t drive too, for the sake of their driving friends!

Truth : The thieves are DO NOT Use a business card knife to rob drivers!

The truth is – it is FAKE NEWS which has been circulating since 2014.

It resurfaces every year or so, and here are the reasons why it stays fake!

Fact #1: The business card knife does not look like an actual business card

Despite its name, the Business Card Knife does NOT look like a business card or visiting card.

It is much thicker and usually black in color, and looks more like a business card holder than a real business card.

More bespoke models are thin enough to fit in the credit card slot of your wallet, which can usually hold 2-3 credit cards.

But NO ONE will be crazy enough to believe that such a device is a real calling card…

Fact #2: The business card knife unfolds like an origami

The Business Card Knife is designed as an emergency pocket knife that fits in the credit card slot of your wallet, so quick deployment isn’t the goal.

It doesn’t work like a switchblade, but literally unfolds like origami – looks impressive but isn’t easy to do quickly.

So it would be pretty silly for any robber to use a business card knife. It makes much more (criminal) sense to use a real card/business card and a real knife hidden out of sight!

Some people claim that the thief could have stuck a real business card on top. But in reality, it would prevent the knife from unfolding properly.

Unfolding the business card knife
Photo credit: MrEssentist

Fact #3: Photos of injuries not related to car theft

The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) confirmed that the photo of an injured woman was “another robbery incidentand unrelated to this viral allegation of a car theft involving a business card knife.

The injured man is London Rene, an American reality TV star who appeared in the WH1 – Mob Wives series.

He was slashed with a box cutter at Club Output in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg in December 2014, requiring 120 stitches in his face and 30 stitches each in his stomach and arm.

Obviously, his injuries had NOTHING to do with an attempted car theft. Nor were they the result of a business card knife.

Fact check: Business card knife used to rob car owners?

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We must stop the spread of this fake news that has been circulating since 2014!

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