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Nairobi airport security

Nairobi Airport Security Officer’s Bribe

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My sister had the most terrifying experience in Nairobi a few weeks ago. “As you know,” she said to her jet-setting family members, “flying…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

Barcelona Street Scams

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…

Bait and switch

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…

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

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…

Speeder fakes carjacking

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…

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…

Hotel Front Desk Safe Theft

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…

Russian gas-guzzler scam #3

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…

Russian gas scam #1

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…

Bangkok scam

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…

Phone phishing

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…