Thursday, August 8, 2013
Police are issuing a warning to shopkeepers and cashiers following reports of a ‘ringing the changes’ scam operating across Devon and Cornwall.
Suspects have entered Post Offices, building societies, shops and even restaurants wanting 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.
Police have released descriptions of two female suspects. Suspect one is described as being of Romanian or Asian appearance, in her twenties, about 5ft 3ins tall, of medium to large build, with black hair possibly with some blonde highlights to the top of her head, and a round shaped face.
Suspect two is described as being a female of Hispanic origin approximately 5ft 7ins tall, who is known to carry 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 on 101 quoting log 945 of August 7 if you can provide any information. Please make all of your staff aware and remain vigilant.”