By Kirsten Jelinek For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 05:29 BST, 3 May 2021 | Updated: 05:29 BST, 3 May 2021
A female bushwalker has shared the fright she got from being targeted by a ploy she had read online was used to lure females into a potentially dangerous trap.
The woman posted to Facebook that she had returned to her car from the Knapsack Stairs walking track in Glenbrook, New South Wales to find a piece of red ribbon wrapped around her vehicle's door handle.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
She immediately raised the alarm for 'anyone going bushwalking alone' after her suspicious discovery.
She had read that predators used the tactic of tying something around door handles to slow down the process of victims getting into their cars, giving them time to abduct or assault them.
A female hiker at the knapsack stairs walking track in Glenbrook issued a warning when she found a piece of string wrapped around the door handle of her vehicle.
Other women in the United States have also spotted red ribbon tied to their vehicles which are reportedly used to distract and kidnap drivers (pictured)
'I've seen online that people do this to distract you when you're going to the car so that you take time to see it and untie it,' she wrote on Facebook.
'There was a guy near my car at the time and when he saw my partner he walked away.'
She also called Penrith Police who reportedly sent police patrols to the area to investigate.
The female hiker has issued a warning for other woman to 'stay safe' and 'be aware' of the potential risks.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'If you see ribbon of any kind on your door handle, avoid the car and seek help.'
The woman returned from the knapsack stairs walking track in Glenbrook (pictured) when she found ribbon tied