Monday, September 14, 2009


Pickpockets Use Wacky Tactics

NEWTON, Mass. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Pickpocket operations aren’t always the simple snag-and-run, the scams can be much more elaborate.

TripAdvisor.com has just announced the Top 10 Pickpocketing Destinations, and European cities nab the majority of the list.

Prime tourist havens for wallet and purse snatchers include the busy pedestrian walkway of Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Rome, Prague, Madrid, Paris, Florence, and Amsterdam.

Huge crowds in these places make it easy for pickpockets to work their magic.

Crafty thieves employ several wacky tactics like the ol’ “bird droppings trick” where they use mustard to simulate bird poop and then pose as a “helpful” local who helps an unsuspecting tourist clean it off as they secretly snag valuables.

Pickpockets also use the “fight trick,” where a couple women or men fake a rumble to distract tourists as others on their team steal stuff.

In any case, TripAdvisor recommends travelers keep their belongings close and secure, stay alert, and be wary of shady strangers.

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