You Might Want to Duck This Scam

Have you seen this one? It's new to me... YOU MUST READ ABOUT THIS SCAM:
Police say that the gang usually is comprised of four members, one adult and three youngsters. While the three youngsters (appearing sweet and innocent) divert the attention of their 'mark' (i.e., intended target) with a show of friendliness, the fourth and the eldest sneaks in from behind the 'mark' to expertly rifle through his, or her, pocket, or purse, for any valuables. Click herefor a photo of how this scam is carried out!

Posted by Sarah
Chicago (formerly St. Louis), IL, USA
1311 posts

Thanks for the warning, Eileen. They look like quacks to me! :P

Posted by Connie
Everett, WA
827 posts

So cute! I posted it on my facebook. My family teases me for being "up" on the current scams so...

Posted by Paula
Toronto, ON, Canada
38 posts

Hi Eileen, Thank you for posting this, it's about time someone uncovered this scam. lol :-) Paula

Posted by Jenny
Salem, Oregon, USA
209 posts

giggles It's adorable. But after having a three year old try to open my husband's calf pocket in his cargo pants, I would take it seriously. Not that there was anything in that pocket. . .

Posted by Linda
Seattle, WA, USA
432 posts

What fun you are Eileen. Thanks for the chuckle

Posted by Elaine
Columbia, SC
749 posts

DARNIT, EILEEN --- Do you have any idea how hard it was for me to to train those ducks!!!
(Back to the drawing board...sigh)

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3582 posts

Whew! I'm glad I could help. These robber duckies must be stopped. Everyone, please keep an eye on your quackpacks. If you incur any damages from this scam, please make up an itemized bill. Sorry; I quack myself up! Elaine, try cats - mine are house-broken... litterly. Sorry; enough of these fowl jokes. I hope I haven't ruffled any feathers ;-)

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9133 posts

I guess Uncle Scrooge forgot to include Donald, Huey, Dewey and Louie in his will.

Posted by Karen
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
1521 posts

This is similar to a scam I've been working called "Duck Duck Goose" but it looks like there's been a stool pigeon.

Posted by Brad
Gainesville, VA
7211 posts

I can't help think what a shame there isn't honest work for them. My heart goes out when I see the youngsters literally eating their food off the ground. I've only been mugged once by them. After I gave the attacker my wallet, across the face, he left me alone.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8760 posts

Eileen You have me rolling on the floor and kicking my webbed feet in the air!! You're having a giraffe. It really kwakks me up. The distraction technique is an old and proven one so I'm not surprised by the youngsters but even the adult only looks a couple of years old. Who says crime doesn't pay...

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8760 posts

Seeing her attacked by a gang like that makes you see the wisdom of a money belt. That would be a quacking idea.

Posted by Marilyn
Mentor on the Lake, OH, USA
251 posts

So funny- thanks for laughs and all the puns you inspired!

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3582 posts

I'm so glad this 'flock' appreciated this serious scam alert. I've enjoyed reading all of your posts. It's so nice not feeling like a duck out of water. ___(o)> (just cross your eyes a little...)

Posted by Julie
SF Bay Area, CA, USA
443 posts

Too cute! Glad I didn't have my purse on me when I helped a scared mama duck and her 6 ducklings out of our yard a couple of weeks ago...

Posted by Toni
Charlotte, NC, USA
2847 posts

Loved it! At first I thought- she's gone quackers. Then wondered if it was a staged thing for an Afflac comercial.

Posted by Allen
Lafayette, LA
194 posts

The University of Oregon kicked them off the team for this kind of behavior on campus.

Posted by Santa
Hamburg, New Jersey, U.S.A.
7 posts

this is so on the mark. also, they could be 3 adults, one in front asking questions and the other two behind couple and trying to get into camera bags, backpacks. Saw this happening while we were on a tour bus infront of the Forum in Italy'

Posted by steven
white plains, ny, usa
650 posts

What Basil Fawlty might call " Duck Surprise " .

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
645 posts

I know their type. I was approached by a gang like this in Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds. If they think you have a lot of bread, they'll follow you for blocks. I offered them some seeds, but I could tell they thought it was just chicken feed. If you are sitting on a bench by the river, and you ignore them, they will goose you in the behind. Be warned; these gangs in Bourton-on-the-Water are organized. They hold monthly meetings outside a cafe on the river, Panera Duck Bread.

Posted by steven
white plains, ny, usa
650 posts

They also will hide under the water lilies and if you look closely you might see them "peking out " ??