Comments for Thiefhunters in Paradise Pickpockets, Con Artists, Gangsters, Thieves, and Travel Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:34:06 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on How a stolen credit card number makes cash for a fraudster by bigsy in uk Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:34:06 +0000 Hey guys I’m in the UK and work at a place where people pay every day with credit and debit cards and I have all the info needed address phone numbers the lot I just need sumone who nows how to use them and make some money

Comment on Claes is kind. Claes is gone. by Bambi Vincent Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:24:39 +0000 We are so touched by all these lovely, loving words. Your memories and stories show us, Claes’s closest family, sides of him we did not know. Thank you all so much for helping to create this long-lasting memorial to Claes.

Feel free to continue adding!

Comment on Barcelona Street Scams by Bambi Vincent Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:20:18 +0000 Wow, Marc, you’ve had a lot of theft experiences. How often do you bother to file a police report? Also, what’s your opinion on the theft scene today? Better? Worse than years past?

Thanks for sharing your experiences!

Comment on Barcelona Street Scams by Marc Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:04:03 +0000 I have been married to a Spanish woman for 43 years, and have spent at least 3 months every year since 1971 in Barcelona. We have had our share of experiences with street crime.

1. My wife had her passport stolen from an open bag while on the train from our beach house in Sitges to Barcelona in 1986. This was, of course, her own fault. She was flying home the next day and had to be at the U.S. Embassy early the next morning to get a replacement passport, then make a beeline to the airport.
2. My wife’s sister was backing out of a garage in Barcelona about 5 years ago. Her pocketbook was on the passenger seat next to her, but the passenger window was open. Someone just reached in and grabbed her bag. All her credit cards, keys, phone, cash, etc….gone.
3. We were at the airport in Barcelona about 10 years ago, standing in the line to check in for our flight. Our luggage was on a cart, and we were not fully awake, as it was 6:00 in the morning. My wife put her pocketbook on top of the luggage for a moment. A guy came over and pointed to some crumpled up dollars on the ground, asking if they belonged to us. By the time we looked up, his accomplice had snatched the bag. Fortunately, we had removed our passports, airline tickets and cash. The only thing in the bag was a book and a fan. But when we went to the police in the airport to report the theft, there was a girl crying because they had taken her passport, cash, etc. The policeman said that it happens 30 times a day.
4. A man approached my wife’s sister and asked her for the time….he grabbed her wrist to look at her watch, and as he did so he grabbed her gold Rolex watch (with diamonds) and ran off. The watch was not insured.
5. Last summer, my wife was walking home to our apartment in the city when 2 young men approached and asked her for directions to the Plaza España (which was nearby). A woman walking nearby yelled at the boys and they ran away. She told my wife that it appeared they were going to snatch her bag.
6. I was driving home after dinner at a friend’s house on Christmas Eve about 5 years ago. My wife and her sister were dressed to the nines (mink coats, jewelry). We were driving along Calle Aragon when a guy on a motorcycle waved to us to tell us that we had a flat tire. He then drove away. A minute later, a man in a car pulled up next to us to tell us the same thing, and that if we pulled over, he would help us change the tire. I knew better, of course. I called the rental car agency and told them to send a tow truck to meet me at a gas station which I knew was not far away. The guy in the car followed us almost all the way there. I drove to the gas station on the rim….the tire had been punctured with a knife. The thieves must have watched us go into the party at our friend’s house, punctured the tire while we were in there, and waited until we came out. The tow truck arrived and changed the tire for us.
7. About 8 years ago, my wife and I stopped at an ATM where I withdrew 500 euros. Then we went down to get on the Metro. My wife entered the subway car, but when I attempted to enter, two big, strong men blocked the door so that I could not get on. As I tried to push past them, another man behind me took the money out of my pants pocket, which was zippered shut. They must have followed us from the bank. Then the 2 men let me get on the car. When I checked my pocket and realized that the money was gone, it was too late….the doors had closed and the train was in motion. I told my wife what had happened. A woman seated nearby said that she saw the other man outside picking my pocket. We had some choice words for the 2 men on the train, but they just shrugged.

Fortunately, nobody was injured in any of these incidents. We still love Barcelona, and go back every year. We are hyper vigilant now, and haven’t had any problems recently. We rarely take the Metro any more, as we rent a car every year. When we do take the Metro, we are VERY careful.

Comment on Claes is kind. Claes is gone. by Ellinor Lundstedt Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:23:26 +0000 Beautiful, moving and true written about Claes!
I got the message about a week ago (sorry I couldn’t come to the funeral) and have been thinking of what I could write, leaving me thinking too much.

I met Claes for the first time about 3 years ago when he were about to hang up some of his beautiful pictures from his trip to Grand Canyon and Monument Valley at my job.
I have always been very fascinated by native americans and the old Wild West so we came to talk about everything we knew of the topic. Later on he came to visit, he told me about the next trip he was planning: back to the wild west. He talked about the so called ghost town Bodie, about it’s location and what he hoped to see there. I had just seen a natureprogram on TV about Mono Lake and remembered it was almost the same location, so I told him about it all in a really nerdy way, since one of my hobbies is to photograph as well. So there we were talking and forgetting everything around us, inclusive the musicians in the hallway who were having a christmas singing session as it was Lucia here in Sweden. Claes suggested that I should come with him on his trip and I thought it was a wonderful idea, but I had just met this person so I was still “figuring out what he was for kind of person” and were thinking something between “this is freaking awesome” and “is this guy crazy, he have just met me”. I didn’t go with him and today I regret it for not being so spontanuous, but I’m sure I’m gonna do, almost, the same trip as he told me about. :-)
I also recieved a postcard, from the trip to the Wild West. “To the sweet girl in the reception” it said in the adress.

Since we both had interest in photography, landscapes, different culutre, history and well, the list goes on – we went to Fotografiska, a museum with exhibitions only of lots of photographs. We could walk around for hours without even noticing, commenting the photos and then go to take a fika!
I am the girl who got my ass beaten up by the Claes and his fellow gang in badminton last year. It was great, they were in fantastic shape and played really well! Everybody was so nice and taught me some tricks, it was real fun! (For the record I’m 22 years old so they were just a bit older than me, haha) ;-)

Claes really is kind. He was like my mentor, he opened ways to see things in other ways I didn’t quite think of. He was a dear friend, my “fotofarbror/mysfarbror”. We joked around most of the time, laughing and telling eachother lifestories of all kind. One time last year in december, I was waiting in Gamla Stan in the subway for a friend and just when she came, a tall figure walked towards me. Started to speak to me, but I couldn’t quite hear what he was saying. You see, this man had this cowboy hat on and a mask, exactly like Gandalf from Lord of the Rings – beard and everything. I started to giggle a little bit because I thought it was a great outfit, then I saw those blue kind eyes through the mask. At that minuite he said “isn’t it Elli? ;-)” and in that moment I had no doubt, I could only think of one man doing that!

I know and hope he is in a greater place. I bet he’s on some spectacular adventure right now! :-)
Aldrig glömd, alltid saknad! (never forgotten, always be missed).

Your friend Elli

Comment on How a stolen credit card number makes cash for a fraudster by Emily Taylor Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:41:15 +0000 Ah typical idiot misinformation from retards. Nope no one does this. They go to bitcoin exhanges.

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Comment on How a stolen credit card number makes cash for a fraudster by Marc Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:23:38 +0000 Here’s a follow up to my question above. I talked with an employee of the Clark Howard show about this. He said that the above scenario (commissions on sales) wouldn’t work, because as soon as the items are returned and the transactions cancelled, the commissions would be revoked. He also said that sometimes thieves order items to be sent to the person who owns the credit card, then waits for the mail to be delivered and steals the items from the person’s mailbox before the owner arrives home to pick up his mail. This seems unlikely to me. The thief would have to know when the mail is delivered to you house to avoid sitting in front of your house all day. And he would have to live nearby. I guess if the card were stolen by a local merchant after a recent transaction this would be possible. In any case, it didn’t work, because I am retired, and always pick up my mail as soon as it is delivered.

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Comment on How a stolen credit card number makes cash for a fraudster by Marc Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:54:51 +0000 I talked to the head of one of the companies that had sent me an item. He said that sometimes someone sets up a website for one of these companies that resell products and services at a discount. Then he gets people to buy things from him and he gets a commission on everything, even thought the products or services came to me. Don’t know if that’s what happened here, but it’s a possibility.

Comment on Claes is kind. Claes is gone. by Bambi Vincent Tue, 07 Oct 2014 12:23:35 +0000 Katarina, we had a lovely funeral for Claes on 30 September. I’m sorry you didn’t get word of it. However, this page will stand as a memorial to Claes, so please feel free to add your thoughts here.

Comment on Claes is kind. Claes is gone. by Katarina Wicksell Tue, 07 Oct 2014 12:04:44 +0000 I met Claes several times and listened to him telling about his round-the-world travels. I really appreciated him and would like to give him my respect in some kind. Are there any ceremony planned?

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Comment on Pickpockets on Rome Metro by maryann Sun, 05 Oct 2014 19:42:57 +0000 Hi, thanks for replying. Yeah we filed a police report in Pisa. Now we are in Barcelona, unfortunately we got to know that the metro’s here in Barcelona too has many pickpockets. The beauty of all these places are tarnished with the presence of these evil people. The saddest part is that the authorities are doing nothing. We are from Malaysia and expect European countries to be better, but it seems worst at times. Hopefully things change and what happened to us won’t happen to others.