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Pickpocket in Naples, Italy

Deception in Thievery

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Trust me…  The gentlemen thief of the strategist variety is a consummate con man. By design, he thwarts suspicion and earns his intended victim’s…

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Suitably spooky site for a psychic school: Arthur Findlay College in Essex, England.

Psychic Schools or Scam Schools?

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A year ago, psychic swindler Rose Marks was sentenced to more than ten years in federal prison for fleecing clients of her fortune-telling business…

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Car scam. car scam online. car scam craigslist

Car scam. Sellers beware!

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Closing up our Stockholm house, I’ve been selling things on the local version of Craig’sList. Many items sell in the first day, even in…

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Unethical blogger's advice will get you handcuffed.

Unethical Blogger

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Steal. Drink and snack from the hotel mini-bar, the unethical blogger advises in his unethical December 10, 2014 article. Go ahead and have a…

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overcharge scam

Overcharge scam or accidental mistake?

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Overcharge Scam “Do you take credit cards?” “Si, signora,” the salesman replied. “How much is this pepper grinder?” “€12.90.” So why was the credit…

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Rod-the-Hop, three-card monte, card mechanic, slot mechanic

Three-card monte expert Rod the Hop, R.I.P.

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They’s ony three kinda men I won’t play with: That’s a po’ man, a blind man, an a police-man! Rod the Hop, my Las…

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Devil's Breath drug, burundanga, scopoamine

Devil’s Breath robbery/rape drug, aka burundanga

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Devil’s Breath drug, aka burundanga Hard to tell fact from fiction when researching “the world’s scariest drug” called Devil’s Breath, burundanga, and scopolamine. The…

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Pickpocket in Barcelona, Spain. The pigeon poop pickpocket ploy.

The Pigeon Poop Pickpocket Ploy

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The Pigeon Poop Pickpocket Ploy as perpetrated in Barcelona is devious. We discover the original Pigeon Poop Perp, who pretends to offer goodness. In…

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U.S.Airways terminal in airline seat scam

Airline seat scam at U.S. Airways

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I’m ready for lousy treatment from airlines. I expect it. Even from U.S. Airways, a member of the Star Alliance, of which I’m a…

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3-shell game on La Rambla, Barcelona.

The three-shell game – part 2

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How the 3 shell game works. Video tape is a wonderful diagnostic tool when it comes to sleight of hand. In slow motion, we…

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The three-shell game in Copenhagen.

The three-shell game

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Pavement wagers. Copenhagen’s pedestrian shopping street is an ideal venue for the three-shell game, also called the pea game. Several competing crews set up…

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Bob Arno on Sonoran Living TV

Avoid becoming victim of theft and scams on vacation

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On the set before filming this live segment for ABC News, Bob Arno stole a wallet from one of the camera operators. The producers…

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Bambi Vincent on stage in costume

Outrageous excuse delays return of found lost luggage

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“We can’t export your found lost-luggage because it contains an artificial hand which requires the permission of the ministry of health.” I’m starting with…

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Thiefhunters in Paradise. Empty pockets. 404

Theft-proof vacation travel

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Theft-proof vacation Just about now, millions of people are thinking about summer travel. For many, it will be foreign travel. Novice or expert, it…

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A taxi in Chennai, India.

Traveling? Don’t be Self-Ripped

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Pickpockets, thieves, and con artists aren’t to be blamed for all losses. When you travel, don’t rip yourself off due to ignorance or naiveté….

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Thiefhunters in Paradise. Empty pockets. 404

Summer Scams to Avoid

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Are you going to London for the Olympic games this summer? Are you going to Europe? Are you going anywhere? Bob Arno urges you…

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Barcelona Street Scams

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“I, too, was a victim of Barcelona street scams…” said more than a hundred people. And they described their own thieves, con artists, fake…

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Bait and switch

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Your greed + a deal too good to pass up = bait and switch: Buy-a-Brick “Pssssst. Come ’ere. A brand new video camera with…

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H&R Block reneges on promise, cops-out on client

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When a giant corporation closes its shutters and bolts its doors against its own client, its like a reverse prison. I, the client, feel…

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Speeder fakes carjacking

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“John Smith” was driving 180 kph when he realized he’d just blasted through a speed trap outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. “Knowing the police…

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Cargo ship, shipping containers lost at sea, ocean freight

10,000 shipping containers lost at sea each year

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10,000 shipping containers are lost at sea each year! From my naive perspective, I’m shocked by this number. Twice, I’ve sent an entire household…

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Money-changing scam

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Some years ago, before Bulgaria was part of the EU, Dodie B. and two male friends visited one of that country’s small port towns….

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Hotel Front Desk Safe Theft

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Hotel front desk safe Natalie is a tour sales manager for one of the major cruise lines. She’s an experienced world traveler and accustomed…

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Russian gas-guzzler scam #3

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Unlike the Russian gas scams in my previous two posts, this one is recent, perpetrated by Russians in America. They’d steal a car—say, a…

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Russian gas scam #2

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Around the same time as Russian Gas Scam #1, a resident in one of those gigantic apartment buildings—I’ll call him Boris—found a way to…

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Russian gas scam #1

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In 50s Russia, men used to go through the enormous apartment buildings, knocking on thousands of apartment doors. They claimed to be from the…

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Bangkok scam

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Barely five minutes after hitting the streets of Bangkok, a jolly, friendly fellow approached. Conservative and 50ish, the short man put himself head-on into…

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Stolen purse leads to worse

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Ms. Shopper’s in the store when her kid has to pee. While she’s helping the little one, her purse is stolen from the store…

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Phone phishing

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If you read this blog, you’re probably already security-conscious. But this reminder is worth repeating. Don’t trust anyone. Sorry. It’s a shame that’s what…

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hotel phone scam

Beware hotel phone scam

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Heads up, travelers. Beware the clever new scam happening in hotels now. In order to thwart it, proactive properties are placing notes like this…

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