A MARYBOROUGH man has fallen victim to a Facebook ambush after a girl posted to the social media site asking for a lift in exchange for fuel money.
Zac Bradshaw, 19, saw the post and decided that, since he wasn't doing anything, he would go to Hervey Bay and give the girl a ride.
Being cautious, Zac took a friend with him, but when he got there three girls needed a ride and then a male friend asked for a lift as well.
Zac left his mate in the car park at Fraser Shores Shopping Centre in Pialba and dropped the girls' male friend off.
The girls then took Zac on something of a 'wild goose chase', making him drive until he was confused about his exact location.
It was then that one of the girls began pulling on Zac's hoodie, grabbing the fabric around his neck.
Zac pulled the car over and told the girl to let him go, but instead the girls persisted and Zac got out of the car.
One of the girls then tried to snatch the keys from Zac, pulling the central locking device off the key ring.
Zac managed to hold on to his keys and went to the nearest home to seek assistance.
While he was waiting for police, the girls returned to his car and took money and Zac's iPhone.
Zac's mother Kerry Hatchman said she was very concerned when she heard what had happened, travelling to Hervey Bay to make sure her son was safe and also picking up his mate Michael Wilson from the carpark at Fraser Shores where he was growing increasingly concerned about Zac's welfare.
"His mate was very concerned not knowing what had happened," Ms Hatchman said.
Ms Hatchman said giving others a lift for fuel money was a common request made by young people on social media.
She said it was very sad that her son was ambushed in that way as he was only trying to offer assistance to three young women.
Ms Hatchman wants to warn others about the dangers of giving lifts to people who ask for one on social media.
She said it was a tough lesson for her son to learn and while she didn't want to discourage him from helping others, sharing his story might make other people more wary what might happen.
A police spokesman confirmed the incident had been reported.
No charges had been laid but police were still investigating.
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