The Ugly Duckling Scam

Alternatively entitled, “Never Trust A Bird”

Here, caught on camera for the first time, is a slick and well-practiced routine aimed at stealing from unwary (and very stupid) persons.

According to a police source, the gang usually comprises of either three or four members.

Whilst the three younger ones, all appearing to be cute and innocent, divert their “mark” (or intended target) with a show of fun and cuteness, the fourth – the eldest of this gang of criminals – sneaks in from behind and expertly rifles undetected through the victim’s pockets and bags, looking for any valuables being carried.

ugly duckling pickpocket

The above picture was taken from CCTV operating in the area and clearly shows how dumb the victim was clever the perpertrators were.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. That is an excellent photo, made me laugh. This one reminds me of that seagull that was stealing crisps from a shop.

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