Caught on camera: Brazen scam to steal mobile phones revealed on CCTV

Footage shows two men distracting an unsuspecting internet cafe user before quickly swiping their mobile phone

Two brazen thieves eye up their next victim in a Chinese internet cafe - before using decoy cash to swipe a mobile phone.

Remarkable CCTV footage shows the latest two-man scam used to steal phones in the Far East.

One of the thieves crouches behind an unsuspecting internet user, carefully placing a 10 yuan note on the floor behind their seat.

After giving the signal to his partner in crime, he taps his victim on the shoulder.

As the unassuming customer bends down to pick up the note, the second thief swoops in to swiftly pocket the mobile phone from the desk as his back is turned.

One of the thieves sets the trap in place by putting a cash note on the floor. (Newsflare)
The victim is then distracted with a tap on the shoulder. (Newsflare)
As their back is turned, the second thief swipes the victim's mobile phone. (Newsflare)
The victim turns back to his computer a split second later, by which time the two criminals are already out the door.

The thieves managed to distract their victim in Jiangsu Proince by using a note which is worth just £1, or $1.609.