Scam artists hate a hissy fit!

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It was with some distress that I read (May 9) of Anna Ford, who had her necklace stolen by a scam artist.

It was with some distress that I read (May 9) of Anna Ford, who had her necklace stolen by a scam artist.

I have just returned from Paris, where such crimes are a daily problem and I was hoping to escape from them.

As I have not succeeded in this, I would like to share my advice for dealing with these people. The first step should always be to keep them in your sight at all times: do not let them move behind you, beside you or have their hands close to your person. Second, suggest that they seek help from an organisation which deals with homeless people, or the police (they love that suggestion most of all). Finally, to ensure that you are left alone, you must hiss! Simply roll your upper lip back over your teeth and hiss from deep within your throat.

This has helped me keep my belongings safe and sound for two years!

Martin Parsons, Woodseats