They ALMOST got me here. As I am living in London but my looks are foreign so they might just target me for doing that. And I caught them red handed.
How it works: When you want to pull out some cash out of the ATM, they time it. A little girl comes to you and says very politely: ‘Excuse Me, can you help me with something’.
First of all that is a big red flag, because not on this planet earth I have seen little kids coming to you at an ATM for an honesty reason. I was aware when this happened. Yet I turned my eyes on her for a split second and told her: not now.
THE MOMENT I looked back someone from the other side approached me, flanked me to either grab the card or cash. But I prevented it.
They always come with at least 2 people. using the girl as a sympathy distraction.
Everywhere! My advice is that wherever you go on travel and you are accompanied by relatives or trusted friends, always go with two people to the ATM machine please. So the second person can keep an eye on your flanks. Also thieves and scammers will not approach you.