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Business owners warned about scam
4:29pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
CUMBRIAN business are being warned by police to be wary of a scam that has occured around the county in recent weeks.
They have reported that there has been a number of instances where people have entered shops and attempted to confuse cashiers by asking to change large amounts of cash and then buying a cheap product.
During the transaction, police said, the cashier may be confused into giving extra cash to the customer.
Whilst confusing the cashier, the fraudsters have been known to take nearby possessions and stock, they added.
Terry Belshaw, South Cumbria Community Safety Officer, said: “Recent incidents that have occurred involve groups of two women or two women and a man, usually of Eastern European origin, often targeting younger cashiers and claiming they have been short-changed. Whilst this is on-going the other person will steal stock or any possessions that are laying around.
“This has occurred a number of times in the South of the county and we have no doubt is happening across the county, particularly in towns just off the M6.
“We would advise those who are working in shops that they leave personal possessions in a safe place, out of the reach of potential criminals. We would also recommend that shops don’t enter the scenario of changing money - let the banks deal with that.”
Anyone who believes they have been a victim is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or alternatively report this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
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