Happy New Year! To kick off 2017, a tip about a new scam:
The “ketchup (or mustard) trick” is popular among scammers internationally. But it looks like some of these scammers are coming to the United States to try to make a fast buck—though it didn’t work out that way for four Colombians as they got busted in the Miami airport after trying to flee their New York City victims.
, “The scam typically works like this — one member of the crew keeps an eye on a bank branch, looking for someone withdrawing a large sum of cash. The thieves coordinate with cell phones, and someone squirts ketchup — or, in this case, a brown make-up like substance — on the victim. Then, another member of the crew moves in to offer help, cleaning the victims out while cleaning them up.”
In the New York City example, the police know that the scammers robbed at least two men: a 52-year-old man for $3,000 and an 80-year-old for $350. .
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