Pickpockets

Five Things to Learn From Someone Who Fell Victim to a Pickpocket

POSTED April 27th 2017 BY Beth Williams
If you have never fallen victim to a pickpocket, you are lucky – and to tell you the truth – if you were just a little street smart, you may never in your lifetime. However, pickpockets come in a variety of levels of expertise, and falling victim to one, especially one who gets all of your information, credit cards, as well as your passport and...
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Pickpockets Don’t Always Look Like Criminals

POSTED January 1st 2017 BY Beth Williams
Many travelers think they know what pickpockets look like.  Typically they stereotype them as “shady characters” who  look like a crook.  While that is true for a small portion of the time, many times professional pickpockets go to great strides to blend into the crowd and area so their victims are not aware of them. To prove this point, police in Sterling Heights, Michigan have...
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A Street Smart Guide to Avoiding Pickpockets – Actual Pickpocket Videos

POSTED February 27th 2016 BY Beth Williams
Pickpockets have been around ever since the invention of pockets, purses, and carry bags. Unfortunately, it is just something that travelers need to be prepared for when they travel – especially when visiting crowded tourist destinations. One of the best ways to outsmart pickpockets is to know their scams, diversions, and methods, so you won’t be victimized. Think of it as part of getting ready...
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Italy – Child Pickpockets a Menace in Venice

POSTED February 6th 2016 BY Beth Williams
While Venice is one of the jewels of Italy, it also has a reputation for child pickpockets. Most first time tourists to Italy pick Venice as one of their destinations to visit. First-time tourists and even repeat visitors should be aware that while they are enjoying the charms of the city they are targets for pickpockets including child pickpockets. What may take thieves just a moment...
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Which Purses Pickpockets Love To Pick

POSTED February 6th 2016 BY Beth Williams
Finding a pickpocket-proof purse for travel is a smart investment for keeping your valuables secure. Here is some friendly advice and tips from a thief who is now helping people avoid becoming victims. Read on to learn how pickpockets operate and which purses thieves like to steal from the most.  Pickpocket proof purses have hidden built-in anti-theft features to help keep your valuables safe. The best...
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RFID Pickpockets – Stop’em with RFID Blocking Gear

POSTED October 18th 2015 BY Beth Williams
You may think of a pickpocket as a person that bumps into you to steal your wallet, but now there’s a different kind of pickpocketing and it’s called electronic pickpocketing. How do RFID pickpockets work, and why can they be so devastating?  Tech-savvy RFID pickpockets – which are also known as “digital thieves” can now silently download your personal credit card information and ID data with handheld “skimming” devices...
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Watch How Female Pickpockets in Viet Nam Target Male Travelers

POSTED October 11th 2015 BY kevin4371
Any male traveler should watch the below video which caught pickpockets stealing from tourists visiting Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam.  See how a street gang of men and young women worked together to target men. While Ho Chi Minh Police have said that they have shut down this gang by arresting around 30 suspects related to this group of pickpocketing thieves, the video...
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Beggars Fake Handicaps – Prey on Tourists’ Emotions

POSTED June 27th 2015 BY Beth Williams
Beggars faking handicaps are found around the world, and they love to target travelers who often have big hearts to give them money.  If you’re one of those kind-hearted tourists you need to know that many beggars are very healthy people who are scamming you.  They are great actors. They dress up and pretend that they are poor and handicapped. Some beggars go so far...
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France – Found-Lost Gold Ring Scam in Paris – Video

POSTED August 3rd 2014 BY Beth Williams
Beware of the Lost – Found Gold Ring Scam The “lost ring” scam is one of the oldest and most famous of the tourist scams in Paris, as well as other parts of Europe popular with tourists.  Due to its success of ripping tourists off, locals have given it a name – they call it “being ringed.”  There are several versions of what many call...
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How to Avoid Pickpockets by Watching Videos of Pickpockets in Action

POSTED August 2nd 2014 BY Beth Williams
Taking a little bit of time to make sure you street smart before you travel overseas can be a very important detail if you want to make sure you dont want to bring home memories of hanging out in a police station making a stolen wallet or passport report. Learning how pickpockets and street thieves operate is one of the best ways to help make...
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