900 Numbers

Advance Fee Fraud

Advance Fee Loans

African Gold Dust Scam

ATM Grab

Au Pair Scam

Bail Bond Scam

Black Money Scam



Bank Examiner

Broken Bottle Scam

Business Opportunities

Caller ID Spoof

Charitable Solicitations

C.O.D. Scam

Confidence Crime & the Banking Industry

Construction Fraud

Counterfeit Goods/Trade Mark Inringement


Country Boy

Credit Repair

Distraction Theft

Diversion Burglary

Door-To-Door Solicitor

Equity Skimming and Real Estate Schemes

Exploitation of the Elderly

Fortune Telling Fraud/Psychic Fraud


Government Service

Grandchild in Distress

Grand Theft

Handkerchief Switch

Help Needed

Home Improvement

Identity Theft

Imposter Burglars

Insurance Fraud

Internet E-Mail Scam

Investment Scams

IRS Energy Rebate, Phishing and Other IRS Related Scams

Jamaican Lottery Scam

Jamaican Switch

Jury Duty Scam

Land Sale

Latin Lotto

Living Trusts

Lottery Scams

Magazine Subscriptions


Metal Theft

Neighbor Assistance

Nigerian Advanced Fee


Pickpocket Diversion

Pigeon Drop

Pocketbook Drop

Police Follow-up Scam

Ponzi Scheme

Product Demonstration

Pyramid Scheme

Quick Change Artist

Recovery Rooms

Retirement Estates

Ruse Entry

Rock in a Box

Sealcoating Scam

Service Technician

South African Switch

Store Diversion

Sweetheart Swindle Con


Texas Twist

Texas Tornado


Three Card Monte

Till Tap

Toner Rooms

Travel Scams

Truck Stop Three Card Monte

Trust Game

Work at Home Plans

Yellow Page Advertising

Imposter Burglars

Jon Grow
The National Association of Bunco Investigators, Inc.


Suspects posing as legitimate workers approach elderly homeowners at their residences with the intent of gaining entry under a seemingly legit¬imate ruse. The real purpose is to divert the homeowner while accomplices search for currency and jewelry.

Some of the more frequently used ploys, by the suspects, are claims to be from the local electric company, water department, cable company, roofing, paving, or other building trade workers, city inspectors, surveyors, tree trimmers, or government personnel from a Social Service Agency.

In some instances, women and children accompany male suspects and partici¬pate in the diversion of the homeowner.

The suspects may offer a rebate by giving the victim a $100 bill with a request for change. This allows the suspect(s) to determine where the victim keeps currency in the house.

The victim is distracted either inside the house, i.e. turning a light switch on and off, knocking on water pipes, etc.; or outside, i.e. to show the victim damage outside of the home, areas needing repair, deter¬mining property lines, etc.

Once the victim is distracted, the unseen suspects enter the home and remove currency and jewelry. In some cases the suspects have gone as far as to remove safes from the homes.


While many of these offenses are Distraction Theft/Burglaries, an increas¬ing pattern of violence is emerging. Most of the violence occurs when the victim becomes aware of the distraction and tries to prevent the criminals from taking the valuables. In these cases the suspects overcome the resistance of the victim with force and the offense turns into an Assault and Robbery and occasionally Homicide. In the last few years, several suspects appear to incorporate violence in lieu of the distraction as a method of operation.


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