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Businesses urged to be alert to Ringing the Changes type scams

Alert message sent 12/09/2017 10:42:00

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Officers in the North East have urged businesses to be wary following a recent report of an apparent attempted 'ringing the changes' type scam.

The incident happened in the Tomintoul area on Thursday, 7 September, where a man tried to exchange pounds for Euros before apparently changing his mind.

No money was gained in the incident however officers would like to trace a man who may be able to assist with enquiries.  He is described as being aged in his 20's, of medium build and more than 6ft tall.  He spoke with a foreign accent and was wearing either trousers or jeans with a black/dark t shirt under a denim jacket.

'Ringing the Changes' type offences typically involve a person asking a member of staff to change a large sum of money into notes of smaller denominations or an exchange of currency.

The fraudster then deliberately distracts or confuses the staff member in order to obtain more money than they started with.

PC Morag Lawrence said, "On this occasion no money was gained because of the diligence of staff.  We are urging businesses to be on their guard and if you have any concerns contact police on 101.

"Enquiries are ongoing and if anyone has information relating to the incident in Tomintoul they should contact Police on 101 quoting incident 2099 of 7 September."



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Police Scotland's North East Division covers rural and urban areas in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.  The division has five territorial command areas which have their own dedicated Area Commander, who is responsible for the daily policing function.  Each command area is served by a number of community policing teams whose activities are built around the needs of the local community.  These teams respond to local calls and look for long term solutions to key issues.  They are assisted by the division's Crime Reduction Unit who deliver against Force and local priorities in a number of areas, including physical and social crime prevention, supporting and enhancing community engagement and creating and sustaining strong and effective partnership working.


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Darren Mills (Safer Communities, North East Division, Police Scotland)

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