Out Of The House
Homeowners away from home
This scam strays away from hustling to theft, but needs to be protected against just the same. The con-man arranges for the mark to be away for a night, or finds out when the mark will be away for the night.
Pet feeding/Plant Watering/Homecare: The con-man sets up a business that allows the con-man access to the marks home, and can make sure they won't be home.
Free Tickets: In a classic urban myth, brought to life by the film Shooting Fish, the con artist steals a car, then returns it with a note saying "sorry - we needed your car for an emergency.". With the note is a pair of tickets for a show that night. Whilst the victim is away, the con artists can rob the house. This is not often the case, as stealing the car is usually enough. The opposite is more likely. A house is robbed and the car keys are taken, so is the car
Lights: This comes in the form of the classic film Home Alone. The con-man uses the automated lights on the street to tell who is one holidays. Since the lights came on at exactly the same time each night, the con artists knew which were automated. A clever idea, that has actually been used in the real world
The contents of a house, and maybe a car
How to avoid being scammed
Don't let anyone you don't know into your home. Invest in good locks, and an alarm system. If you make it too much trouble, the con-man won't bother breaking in, or at least try and fail.