How it works:
- Someone spills a white liquid resembling bird/pigeon poo on your clothes or jacket. Next, strangers appear to help you clean it.
- While you are distracted, they pick your pockets or steal any unattended bags.
Places to beware:
- Stockholm: The Royal Palace, Cruise Ship Dock, Vasa Museum, Söder Mälarstrand
What to do:
- React: reject any help and quickly move to a safe spot – while moving, check that your valuables are still secure with you.
- Passport: carry a photocopy instead of the actual one.
- Valuables: wallet in front pocket, small valuables in a money belt/hidden pouch, large valuables in an anti-theft bag.
- Travel insurance: get a good one that covers theft (e.g. World Nomads, trusted by Lonely Planet and National Geographic – review).