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Attempt Cash Change Scam Sherborne

Alert message sent 03/08/2017 17:05:00

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Attempt Cash Change Scam Sherborne

 

A shop in Sherborne has had two males enter and attempt a cash change scam.

 

This scam involves the cashier being asked to exchange an amount of money firstly for example into £10 notes. Then when this is done they say that this is not what they asked for and ask for it to be changed into something else, this is when they only give back a small amount of the money and get given a larger amount, relying on the cashier not to count the money again.

Other scammers try to confuse the cashier or distract them and get away with more money than when they entered the store.

Please be aware of this and make sure all staff are told to keep vigilant and inform the police if anything is suspicious.

 

How you can avoid falling victim to the scam

  • Refuse to exchange notes and adopt a 'no change' or 'one note only' policy.
  • Be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to the Police.
  • If you have CCTV, ensure that it is working correctly and is capable of identifying potential suspects.
  • Display a poster in the window saying this stores does not change money.
  • If your store does have to exchange money e.g. Bureau de Change, ensure that staff count and recount any money handed over. The scam is reliant on the cashier assuming that they have been given back the original amount.
  • Staff are under no obligation to change denominations of cash for customers.
  • Legitimate customers wanting change for a valid reason will often make a small purchase in order to get change.
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Simon Wakely (Dorset Police, PCSO 7439, Sherborne Town)

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