Scam artists are always on to a new method of stealing your money, belongings, or identity.
You already know to pay attention in crowded public transportation. Ignore street scuffles which allow someone to go through your bag while you watch. Step away from women holding “babies” who approach you with a hand out. On and on…it’s hard to keep up with the latest trickery.
Now comes the “ketchup” scam, a clever diversion technique. Thieves coordinate efforts to swindle folks who are using an ATM or coming out of a bank by squirting ketchup or mustard on the victim. A “helper” rushes in to exclaim dismay and to clean up the mess. Meanwhile, the victim loses everything…including a clean coat.
Read the New York Daily News article here.
The good news in this case is that the crooks were caught. But you can be sure that others are still going to copy this trick.