The Metropolitan Police have warned about a new distraction theft scam technique that has been seen across the borough of Lambeth, south London.
It involves victims being targeted while they are having a cup of coffee or other drink in a cafe or similar establishment.
One person will drop a number of coins, seemingly by accident, near a potential victim. When the victim gets up to help pick up the coins, an accomplice then steals their unattended items, such as bags/phones etc.
As with any good scam, if it works in one place, it will work anywhere, so don't assume this is confined to Lambeth, or for that matter just London.
Always take care of your belongings and try never to leave them unattended.