Although airport security has tightened these days, scammers are using the security procedure in order to make off with a victim’s most valuable goods.
When you unload your valuables into a tray on the conveyor belt, it slides off to be scanned.
You wait to go through the body scanner, but the person in front of you is taking forever.
They have more jewellery, keys and watches than most and they keep forgetting to take them out of their pockets as they go through the scanner repeatedly.
They go through and so do you, only to find your laptop, watch, wallet, handbag and jewellery missing.
To make sure this doesn’t happen, keep your eyes on the belt at all times.
Watch for anyone loitering suspiciously and alert a guard if you see someone that looks like they are about to make off with your goods.
If you have a laptop put it in a brightly coloured case, try and disguise your most valuable belongings under the not so valuable things.
If you look like you have a keen eye and are watching, they will be less likely to try and take your belongings.
2. The distractor
An individual leads you away from your suitcase.
Another person reaches into a pocket inside your luggage and your money or passport are gone.
Don’t carry all your valuables in one place, and keep a photocopy of your passport somewhere safe.
3. “Free” WiFi
If you connect to an un-secure WiFi hotspot it can give thieves access to your passwords and accounts.
Never assume you have the official airport WiFi without checking.
4. The baggage carousel ‘bump’
You are standing waiting on your luggage and someone bumps into you, saying sorry, but you later realise you have no wallet.
Make sure your valuables are safely secured and be vigilant.
5. The suitcase helper
Someone offers to assist you with your luggage but then refuses to return it until you give them money for their help.
To stop this happening you can pay an official airport porter to transport it to your taxi or airport.
6. Airport pickpockets
After picking up your luggage, you can be distracted looking for the car rental desks, exit signs or somewhere to get a drink.
While you’re distracted, pickpockets are waiting to grab the valuables which you have shoved in your pockets, like mobile phones or wallets.
You won’t know anything about it until it is too late and you go to look for your belongings.
Make sure everything is secure. Do your bags up, don’t put anything valuable in the pockets of your suitcase and keep anything of value in your inside jacket pocket or handbag.
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