stolen http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1390/all en-US Uglify Your Stuff To Keep It Safe http://www.wisebread.com/uglify-your-stuff-to-keep-it-safe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/uglify-your-stuff-to-keep-it-safe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/29059472_84f604872d.jpg" alt="damaged ipod" title="damaged ipod" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I don't know about you, but I buy things based on how they look as well as what they do. I was once told that you don't buy a power drill because it looks cool, you buy it because you need holes. Well, yes and no. As a designer and creative, the aesthetic also plays an important role. But what attracts you to objects also attracts thieves. And so, has the time come to &quot;uglify your stuff?&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.make-digital.com/make/vol11/?pg=76">I first read about this last year</a>, when I saw that a number of people who owned very expensive bikes were doing their level best to make them look like $20 Craigslist rejects. It's a simple enough idea. You take your wonderful $1000 bike, and proceed to repaint it, badly, apply stickers and scratches and scuff marks, bits of old tape, dirt, grime, in fact anything you can think of, and hey presto - one expensive bike that performs like a dream but looks like a nightmare.</p> <p><img width="400" height="300" alt="" src="http://blog.makezine.com/uglybike_flashback.jpg" /></p> <p>Your average thief wouldn't look twice at this &quot;old&quot; thing, even though it's probably the most expensive bike in the rack. Of course, you have the downside of riding a bike that looks less than cool, but if you're a real biking fanatic that won't bother you. Just like the drill is a means to an end, so is a great bike.</p> <p>It seems as though this has spread to all sorts of other personal possessions now, and it runs the gamut.</p> <p>In May this year, <a href="http://jimmieprodgers.com/2009/05/my-ugly-camera/">blogger Jimmie Rodgers wrote about his ugly camera,</a> and described the lengths he had gone to to make this expensive digital camera look like a cruddy old film camera.</p> <p><img width="400" height="300" alt="" src="http://blog.makezine.com/UglyCamera.jpg" /></p> <p>Here's what Jimmie had to say after the uglification process:</p> <p><em>&quot;I was able to take over 5,000 pictures with it in Brazil. I was able to follow around a number of well known graffiti artists, and you can </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaypee4227/tags/grafitti/"><em>check out some of the pics here</em></a><em>. I was also able to go into some </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=day%20of%20the%20dead&amp;w=68714011%40N00"><em>fairly dangerous areas</em></a><em>, and walk out with my camera. I was even mugged a second time, and they left my camera alone, and took my $20 cell phone instead.&quot;</em></p> <p>It's a trend that's picking up steam. You can buy faceplates for expensive car CD players that turn them into old cassette players. Who'd want to steal that? And it can even go as far as uglifying your sandwich! Yes, people in offices everywhere who are tired of seeing their lunch go walkies are buying zip-loc bags that have mold stains inside the plastic, making a fresh snack look like a breeding ground for bacteria.</p> <p><img width="400" height="266" alt="" src="http://www.walyou.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/anti-theft-sandwich-bags.jpg" /></p> <p>Nick Cannon has a list of <a href="http://www.nickcannon.com/2009/12/30/16-anti-theft-gadgets-and-designs-to-deter-thieves/">16 anti-theft ideas</a> that puts the green sandwich bags on top of the pile. And by the way, those things are real. You can buy them at <a href="http://www.perpetualkid.com/anti-theft-lunch-bags.aspx">Perpetual Kid in packs of 25 for $9.99.</a> Yes, they're more pricey than your average zip-loc baggie, but how much does it cost to replace your lunch?</p> <p>So, would you uglify your stuff to make it more theft-proof? Is it worth it? Aside from affecting the resale value of some things, do you value the aesthetic quality as much as the functional aspect? I, for one, wouldn't make my iPod video look like crap. And as for my MacBook Pro...stay away from that or suffer a fate worse than death!</p> <p>But if that doesn't bother you, then what would you uglify, and why? Over to you.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/uglify-your-stuff-to-keep-it-safe">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-your-car-stolen">How to get your car stolen</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-quick-and-simple-scams-that-could-happen-to-you-today">Five quick and simple scams that could happen to you today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-increase-the-chance-of-someone-returning-your-lost-wallet">How to Increase the Chance of Someone Returning Your Lost Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-calls-you-can-make-now-to-save-hundreds-to-thousands-of-dollars">Five calls you can make now to save hundreds to thousands of dollars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/times-are-tough-would-you-consider-a-diy-funeral">Times Are Tough; Would You Consider A DIY Funeral?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs DIY General Tips Insurance disfigure Steal stolen theft ugly unattractive Thu, 31 Dec 2009 17:37:37 +0000 Paul Michael 4370 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Increase the Chance of Someone Returning Your Lost Wallet http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-increase-the-chance-of-someone-returning-your-lost-wallet <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-increase-the-chance-of-someone-returning-your-lost-wallet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/516804923_f648a48765.jpg" alt="Lost wallet" title="Lost Wallet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s not a fun feeling. You&rsquo;ve reached the checkout at the grocery store, you feel into your pocket, or purse, and realize that your wallet is missing. You heart stops, you walk out without your shopping and proceed to panic. But there is one way you can significantly increase the chance of your wallet being returned intact.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re like me, your life is in your wallet. From various forms of I.D. and insurance cards, to credit and bank cards, business cards, receipts and all sorts of other junk, my wallet is a portable filing cabinet. And to lose it is to lose your mind, at least for a while.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But what could you put in your wallet to dramatically increase the chances of getting it back? As Richard Wiseman, a psychologist found out, the answer was surprisingly simple &ndash; <strong>baby pictures. </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As <a href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article6681923.ece">The Times reported on July 11</a> hundreds of wallets were distributed around Edinburgh, with different photos and contents.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Richard Wiseman, a psychologist, and his team inserted one of four photographs behind a clear plastic window inside, showing either a smiling baby, a cute puppy, a happy family or a contented elderly couple. Some wallets had no image and some had charity papers inside.</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The results were conclusive. The wallets containing the baby pictures won by a landslide. A staggering 9 out of 10 wallets were returned. And when there was nothing in there at all, except the usual cards and cash, just 1 in 7 wallets came back to the owners.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here are the results in full:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>The baby photograph wallets had the highest return rate, with 88 per cent of the 40 being sent back. Next came the puppy, the family and the elderly couple, with 53 per cent, 48 and 28 respectively. At 20 per cent and 15, the charity card and control wallets had the lowest return rates.</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">So, why the massive difference between results? This all seems to be related to evolution:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>..the result reflects a compassionate instinct towards vulnerable infants that people have evolved to ensure the survival of future generations. &ldquo;The baby kicked off a caring feeling in people, which is not surprising from an evolutionary perspective,&rdquo; he said.</em><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Fortunately, I already have baby pictures in my wallet, of my two little girls. But what if you don&rsquo;t? You could always ask a relative for a great picture of your niece, nephew or grandkid. But if you don&rsquo;t have any of those options open to you, Dr. Wiseman has some sound advice: cheat.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>&ldquo;If you want to increase the chances of your wallet being returned if lost, obtain a photograph of the cutest baby you can find, and ensure that it is prominently displayed,&rdquo; he said. </em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">And if the worst should happen and your wallet does go missing, it&rsquo;s wise not to wait for its return, even if it is showcasing the cutest baby on the planet. The <a href="http://www.fdic.gov/CONSUMERS/CONSUMER/moneysmart/index.html">FDIC Money Smart Education Program </a> offers the following step-by-step advice:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>1. File a police report.</strong><b><br /> </b>Your bank and credit reporting agencies will need a copy of this report and its case number. Explain the following:</p> <ul> <li>When you first noticed your wallet missing</li> <li>Where you think it was lost or stolen</li> <li>The types of currency and information that were in it.</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>2. Notify your bank. </strong></p> <ul> <li>Provide a copy of the police report and case number.</li> <li>Be prepared to close your accounts and move your funds to new ones.</li> <li>Ask your bank to contact the major check verification companies. They need to notify stores not to accept any further checks from your account.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Cancel your ATM card. Get a new one and set it up with a new PIN.</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>3. Cancel all of your credit cards immediately. </strong></p> <p>Your credit card companies will send you a new credit card with a new credit card number. They may also ask you about recent transactions to determine if they are yours.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>4. Notify the three major credit reporting agencies: </strong><br /> For each of these agencies, ask for the fraud or security department. Ask them to put a fraud alert on your credit report.</p> <ul> <li>Equifax &ndash; 1-800-525-6285</li> <li>TransUnion &ndash; 1-800-680-7289</li> <li>Experian &ndash; 1-888-397-3742</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>5. A few weeks after the incident, get a free copy of your credit report.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Use this to determine if fraudulent transactions have been made in your name.</p> <p>Do you have any other tips for making your wallet safer of more likely to be returned? Let us know.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-increase-the-chance-of-someone-returning-your-lost-wallet">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/debit-or-credit-which-one-should-you-choose-at-the-checkout">Debit Or Credit? Which One Should You Choose At The Checkout?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/oprah-asks-a-great-question-what-can-you-live-without">Oprah Asks A Great Question; What Can You Live Without?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-spare-a-square-5-quick-tips-on-toilet-paper-usage">&quot;Can you spare a square?&quot; 5 quick tips on toilet paper usage.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-overdraft-protection-racket-why-banks-want-you-to-overdraw-and-how-you-can-get-your-money-back">The Overdraft Protection Racket: Why Banks Want You To Overdraw, And How You Can Get Your Money Back.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/could-you-determine-someones-creditworthiness-by-his-or-her-looks">Could you determine someone&#039;s creditworthiness by his or her looks?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Credit Cards General Tips Shopping baby lost photos pictures purse stolen wallet Tue, 14 Jul 2009 12:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 3384 at http://www.wisebread.com How to get your car stolen http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-your-car-stolen <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-get-your-car-stolen" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2133907173_9458675e99.jpg" alt="auto theft" title="auto theft" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Every 26.4 seconds, a vehicle is stolen in the U.S.* If you want yours to be one of those vehicles, just follow these simple guidelines and the thief will be driving away in your nice set of wheels before you can say “follow that car.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>1: Own one of the top 10 most stolen cars in America</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">A report put out by the NICB in 2007 lists the following cars as the most stolen in the nation (the list varies slightly by state, go to the <a href="https://www.nicb.org/cps/rde/xchg/nicb/hs.xsl/index.htm">NICB </a> to find your specific area). No surprise to learn that the ever reliable Honda tops the list, again. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">1: 1995 Honda Civic</p> <p class="MsoNormal">2: 1991 Honda Accord</p> <p class="MsoNormal">3: 1989 Toyota Camry</p> <p class="MsoNormal">4: 1997 Ford F-150 Series Pickup</p> <p class="MsoNormal">5: 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup</p> <p class="MsoNormal">6: 1994 Chevy C/K 1500 Pickup</p> <p class="MsoNormal">7: 1994 Nissan Sentra</p> <p class="MsoNormal">8: 1994 Dodge Caravan</p> <p class="MsoNormal">9: 1994 Saturn SL</p> <p class="MsoNormal">10: 1990 Acura Integra</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you’re wondering where all the fancy cars are (Mercedes, Hummer, Porsche etc), just put yourself in the position of a thief. These cars are top-dollar items and are much more difficult to “get rid of.” The good old ’95 Civic is everywhere. It hardly draws attention to itself.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>2: Live in California</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">6 of the top 10 cities for car theft are in California (if you live in Modesto and own a ’95 Civic, the odds are really running high that you&#39;ll be the victim of a car thief). Here’s how they rank: </p> <blockquote><p><strong>Rank** <span> </span>Metropolitan Statistical Area <span> </span><span> </span>Vehicles stolen<span> </span></strong><br /> 1<span> </span>Modesto, CA<span> </span><span> </span><span> </span>7,071<span> </span><span> </span><br /> 2<span> </span>Las Vegas/Paradise, NV<span> </span><span> </span><span> </span>22,465<span> </span><span> </span><br /> 3 <span> </span>Stockton, CA<span> </span><span> </span><span> </span>7,586 <span> </span><span> </span><br /> 4<span> </span>Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale, AZ<span> </span><span> </span><span> </span>41,000 <span> </span><span> </span><br /> 5 <span> </span>Visalia/Porterville, CA<span> </span><span> </span><span> </span>4,257 <span> </span><span> </span><br /> 6 <span> </span>Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue, WA<span> </span><span> </span>33,494<span> </span><span> </span><br /> 7 <span> </span>Sacramento/Arden-Arcade/Roseville, CA<span> </span>20,268<span> </span><span> </span><br /> 8 <span> </span>San Diego/Carlsbad/San Marcos, CA<span> </span><span> </span>28,845<span> </span><span> </span><br /> 9 <span> </span>Fresno, CA <span> </span><span> </span>8,478<span> </span><span> </span><br /> 10<span> </span>Yakima, WA<span> </span><span> </span>2,212 <span> </span><span> </span></p> </blockquote> <p><em>**Ranked by the rate of vehicle thefts reported per 100,000 people based on the 2000 Census. *Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>3: Leave the keys in the ignition while you run an errand.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Any cop will tell you that car theft is usually a crime of opportunity. A good friend of mine recently fell victim to this. Her husband started up the car to let it warm up, went inside to grab the kids for school, came back outside literally 1 minute later and the car was gone. The same can happen if you pop to the ATM or check the mail. Leave the keys in the car and you’re just asking for trouble.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>4: Park at the back of the lot at malls, sporting arenas or even at work. </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I know a few people who park way at the back of the lot. They have their reasons, too: it’s good to walk further (fair enough), there’s always a spot at the back, and the favorite is that they’re much less likely to get a dent or ding. That’s all well and good, but thieves like it nice and quiet, away from the crowds. And your shiny, ding-free car just looks even more tempting now. The back of the lot is a car thief’s equivalent of being a kid in a candy store.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>5: Don’t get LoJack</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Most cars these days come with a factory-installed alarm. It may deter a few criminals but most professional car thieves know how to disable the alarm…and they’re exceptionally quick at it, too. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://lojack.com/">LoJack</a> however is a different story. It’s linked directly to law enforcement, it can be installed in any number of places on your car, and over 90% of cars stolen with a LoJack system are recovered within 24 hours. If your car isn’t recovered in that time, you get a complete refund of the MSRP of the car. You also get insurance discounts. That’s basically a good way of knowing that these things really do deter thieves. If you’ve got LoJack, car thieves will almost always move on; it’s just not worth the risk. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>6: Don’t keep your car in the garage</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sadly, I’m one of these people. We ran out of storage room in the house, we don’t have a basement and so we spilled over into the garage. I park outside now and thus run a much higher risk of having my car stolen. Not only is it more easily accessible, it’s also advertising itself to thieves. “Out of sight, out of mind” is true in this case. If your car is nicely hidden in a locked garage, only a very determined thief (who knows what’s in there) will attempt to break into the garage and then the car.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>7: Keep a spare set of keys in the car</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">How about in some place the thieves would look first, like above the sun visor, in the center console or, better still, in the glove box. That way, if the thief does get into your car, he won’t have to hotwire the car but can instead make an even quicker getaway.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>8: Leave your car unlocked </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It works every time. Car thieves will often just work their way down a row of cars parked on the street, trying the handle of each one and moving on. And if yours is unlocked, bingo, they’re in. The Arizona police informed me that if you leave your car unlocked, you have a 1 in 30 chance of having it stolen. Those are pretty good odds, right? Combine this with number 6 and you’ve handed your car to the thief on a silver platter. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>9: Leave your valuables clearly visible in the car</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Give the would-be thief a reason to break the window or jimmy the lock. Once they’re in and rummaging around for jewelry, money, personal information and credit cards, they may just decide to take the whole car. One crime leads to another.</p> <p><strong>10: Park in a dimly-lit area</strong></p> <p>Street lighting; overhead lighting in parking lots; the glow from late night stores; all of these areas illuminate the car thief while at work. Better to park in an area with no lighting, so that the criminal can get to work under cover of darkness.</p> <p>These are my top ten tips for improving your chances of getting your car stolen. Don’t follow them and hopefully you won’t be calling to report a stolen car any time soon.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-your-car-stolen">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-your-new-tires-really-6-year-old-ticking-time-bombs">Are your new tires really 6-year old ticking time-bombs?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cars-that-thieves-dont-touch-and-5-simple-anti-theft-tricks">5 Cars That Thieves Don&#039;t Touch (and 5 Simple Anti-Theft Tricks)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/uglify-your-stuff-to-keep-it-safe">Uglify Your Stuff To Keep It Safe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/used-toyotas-are-being-discounted-would-you-buy-one">Used Toyotas Are Being Discounted. Would You Buy One?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-protect-yourself-from-gasoline-thieves-4">How To Protect Yourself From Gasoline Thieves</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Consumer Affairs auto Cars stolen theft thief Wed, 12 Mar 2008 04:32:21 +0000 Paul Michael 1909 at http://www.wisebread.com The scams and cons that could clean you out. http://www.wisebread.com/the-scams-and-cons-that-could-clean-you-out <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/523790_regret.jpg" alt="Victim" title="Victim" width="229" height="215" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Last time I gave you advice from the Real Hustle team, it was how to grab a few free drinks. A bit of harmless fun. This time, it’s much more serious. These former professional con artists take you through some of the easiest, most effective ways that thieves can rip you off. Anything from a simple watch theft, to grabbing everything you own. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">I looked through The Real Hustle archives and found so many scary scenarios, but these are the ones that seemed to affect everyone. So, watch carefully and keep your guard up at all times. It’s a jungle out there sometimes. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold" class="Apple-style-span">Scam #1: Waitstaff Card Cloning</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I’ve always had a problem giving my credit card or debit card to anyone, especially in a restaurant when you typically lose sight of it for several minutes. Here, the con artists show you how easy it is for someone to copy your card and clean you out.<span> </span></p> <p><object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/sexUus0igWs" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/sexUus0igWs" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold" class="Apple-style-span">Scam #2 A &amp; B: Crutches spell trouble</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I believe a certain Mr. Ted Bundy used crutches to lure his victims. Well, these days con artists are also using them. Here are two ways that being a Good Samaritan could leave you out of pocket. You have been warned.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold" class="Apple-style-span">2A: The ATM Scam</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold" class="Apple-style-span"><span style="font-weight: normal" class="Apple-style-span">All it takes is a few seconds of distraction, and worse still, you don’t even realize you’ve been robbed. Don’t think you’d fall for it? Well, I’m sorry to say I fell for something very similar and I thank goodness the bank refunded my money.</span></span></p> <p><object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/YFp68bFmygY" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/YFp68bFmygY" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold" class="Apple-style-span">2B: The Watch Swipe</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Not something to worry about if you have a $20 Casio on your arm. But if you happen to love your watch or have a Rolex on your arm, helping out a limping stranger may leave you looking for a new timepiece. </p> <p><object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/XeI48Xm6G0w" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/XeI48Xm6G0w" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold" class="Apple-style-span">Scam #3: The Window Tap</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">How many times has someone distracted you while you were sitting in a bar, restaurant or café just casually getting on with your own thing? Well, be careful where you place your valuables. Lose sight of them for a second and you could lose sight of them forever.</p> <p><object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/C89zYAjVmkg" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/C89zYAjVmkg" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold" class="Apple-style-span">Scam #4 A &amp; B: Pickpockets</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We&#39;ve all heard of pickpockets. But as we evolve to outsmart them, they&#39;re always one step ahead of use. Watch your wallets, purses, phones and other personal items closely. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold" class="Apple-style-span">4A: Jacket Pickpockets</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It’s amazing how downright brazen some thieves can be. In this clip, the expert con artist spots three “marks” and grabs a whole bunch of valuables in less time than it takes you to drink a cup of coffee. </p> <p><object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/9IwdtAIRBcY" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/9IwdtAIRBcY" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold" class="Apple-style-span">4B: The Newspaper Wallet</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">First of all, I would never carry my wallet in my back pocket. I just don’t feel like it’s safe there. But some guys do, and will often reach back now and again to make sure they still have it. Well, that could be just a bunch of newspaper they’re safeguarding.</p> <p><object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/N-OKWpfJ7G0" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/N-OKWpfJ7G0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold" class="Apple-style-span">Scam #5: The Booster Bag Scam</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-weight: bold" class="Apple-style-span"><span style="font-weight: normal" class="Apple-style-span">Sometimes, the simplest cons are the most effective. By using a larger bag with a hole cut in the bottom, a good scammer can walk away with your precious cargo. And for you ladies who keep everything in your purse, that could mean walking away with your most valuable possession – your identity.</span></span></p> <p><object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HWC1xQmdF5M" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/HWC1xQmdF5M" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I hope this has opened your eyes to just how many ways there are to lose anything and everything you call valuable. Generally, if you keep your wits about you, you’re safe. But drop your guard, become too trusting or just be in the wrong place at the right time and a stealthy scammer can take you to the cleaners. Stay safe people. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-scams-and-cons-that-could-clean-you-out">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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