There is nothing worse than getting your hard-earned money stolen. The mere thought of someone attempting to steal that hard-earned money is enough to anger many. We sadly live in a world that is filled with different types of scams and thieves.

In fact, there’s a scam that’s happening nationwide, and grocery stores are a common place for this scam to happen. Women are mainly the target because, unlike men who keep their wallets in their pockets, women often keep their wallets in their purses, and they don’t always keep their purses close to them.

When a woman who carries a purse is at a store like a grocery store or a big box store like Target or Walmart, there’s one thing that is pretty tempting for her to do – put her purse in the cart. It seems obvious. Why carry around a heavy purse when there’s a cart right there that can easily hold it?

We have the answer. Because of thieves.

The scam and or plan is simple and not one that is technically ‘new’. However, we as people have a lot of power in stopping it and protecting ourselves.

The idea is simple. As shoppers are distracted looking at grocery items, or leave their carts unattended – thieves swoop in and steal their wallets. Women are mainly targeted in this scam or robbery because they often carry purses or external wallets that they leave in their shopping carts. This makes for an easy grab!

We use the word ‘scam’ because these grocery store thieves often times work in pairs. One person distracts the shopper by engaging in conversation and removing their focus on their grocery cart, while the other partner swoops in and steals the victim’s purse and or wallet

Inside Edition visited a grocery store to show just how this purse-snatching scam works. Sometimes the thieves work alone, but other times they work in pairs. The one similarity pretty much every scenario had in common was a distracted shopper with a purse in the cart.

Inside Edition even went so far as to try out the scam for themselves. Working as a team, they successfully distracted shoppers and proved how easy it would be to snatch the woman’s purse from the cart.

Watch the video below to see this scam in action and to learn what you can do to prevent your purse from being stollen when you’re shopping.

Source: AWM

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