Business warned about scam operating in Westcountry
Shopkeepers across the Westcountry have been urged to be on the alert for a gang of scammers operating in the area.
Suspects believed to be using the ‘ringing the changes’ trick have been seen in post offices, building societies, shops and restaurants trying the short change assistants.
The ruse works by someone asking to exchange notes to different denominations.
They then attempt to confuse till staff and while the staff are distracted, use sleight of hand in an attempt to steal cash.
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Incidents have been reported in a Helston supermarket, a Lynmouth shop and a Plymouth restaurant.
Police have released descriptions of two female suspects, one is described as being of Romanian or Asian appearance in her twenties about 5'3'' tall of medium to large build with black hair possibly with some blonde highlights to the top of her head, she has a round shaped face.
The other is said to be of Hispanic origin, 5ft 7ins tall and carrying a large black leather bag.
A police spokesman said: “One recent attempt was foiled because the staff member was trained to spot the scam.
“If you or your staff encounter anyone attempting this ruse or similar, please contact the police on the 999 if the offender is still nearby, or the Devon and Cornwall Police 101 quoting Log 945 07/08/2013 if you can provide any information.”