Pickpockets in Action: How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off
It’s every traveler’s worst nightmare: getting robbed or ripped off. Pickpocketing and petty theft constitutes the bulk of crimes against travelers. Look around the airport next time you’re away and it’s easy to see why: thousands of unsuspecting travelers toting laptops, MP3 players, jewelry, their best clothing and plenty of cash and credit cards.
… demonstrating confidence and magic tricks, distraction scams and proposition bets performed on members of the public.
The show highlights ways in which money can be extracted, with a view to educating the viewer in how to avoid becoming a victim. Various terminology is explained, and the marks are fully informed of the cons/scams straight afterwards and repaid any money they’d lost.
Here’s a sampling of just a few of their best clips:
Both of the techniques in this video are frighteningly simple, especially the second one.
The Paper Wallet Swap
Theft on a Bus
The Postman Scam
The Pinch-Push Pocket Pick
Prince of Thieves
Bob Arno, a.k.a. Europe’s Prince of Thieves, has dedicated his life to studying how petty thieves operate. This hilarious video demonstrates Arno in action: