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The flower gift lift—Part 3 of 3

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The Offer of a Flower is a Foil for Filching Palma de Mallorca, Spain— Bob and I trailed a trio of young women through…

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The flower gift lift—Part 2 of 3

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain— Thirty to forty women practice this form of filching every day in Palma. They linger where the tourists are: around…

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Pickpockets with flowers

The flower gift lift

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Pickpockets with flowers Palma de Mallorca, Spain— She looks like your grandmother—possibly even your great-grandmother. With a gap-toothed smile, she offers you a single…

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Shoulder-surfers and pseudo-cops in Sweden

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I want to wail even in Sweden, because the country has long been perceived as enjoying a relatively low crime rate. And it did….

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fake police

Fake police, aka Pseudo-Cops

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In Bangkok, seemingly corrupt police are extorting large sums from foreign visitors. In South Africa, pseudo-cops are stopping drivers and pedestrians, requesting wallets in…

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Bangkok airport scam and fake police

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We good citizens are trained from an early age to respect authority. It’s not easy to ask a uniformed policeman for identification, or even…

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Nigerian nightmare

Nigerian Nightmare

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The moment Michael Griffith turned his back, his wife let out a bloodcurdling scream. He whipped around to see Nancy jumping up and down,…

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Scams at restaurant tables

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A restaurant table is a good place to be had. The latest in low-tech scams happened last month in Hoboken, NJ, when a man…

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Social engineering—is it time to curtail trust?

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A couple of scumbags have been casing neighborhoods in Las Vegas, preying on elders. They chat up residents, pretending to be a former resident…

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Bob Arno in the news

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Bob Arno, the go-to guy on street scams, was on the NBC Weekend Today show on November 22. He was on Fox & Friends…

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Russian Rip-off: pickpockets and thugs, part 4 of 5

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St. Petersburg— “They think I robbed you,” he said. By then it must have been obvious to the cops that we were not Mohammed’s…

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Call the bunco squad

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In Orlando, Bob and I attended a four-day NABI training seminar–that’s the National Association of Bunco Investigators. Don’t you love the word bunco? More…

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