Fraudsters have tried to dupe Aberdeen businesses out of cash twice in one day in “ringing the changes” scams.
The two incidents, believed to be linked, happened yesterday. The fraud involved a person asking a member of staff to exchange a large sum of money for them into notes of smaller denominations or into a different currency.
While doing this they deliberately tried to distract and confuse the staff member in an attempt to obtain more money than they came in with.
Neither of the reported incidents resulted in any money being stolen due to staff being alert.
Officers are urging other businesses to be on their guard against suspicious behaviour of this type.
Inspector Gary Spark said: “I would urge all business owners to ensure that their staff are aware and alert to this type of scam, and in particular to watch out for anyone asking to exchange large amounts of money.
“These people use sleight of hand to leave the store with more money than they came in with, and it’s possible they could target during a particularly busy time which provides an ideal opportunity for the criminal to confuse or distract you.
“It is better to be safe than sorry and if you are in any doubt consider asking another colleague for assistance or politely decline the request and call the police.
“Fraudsters attempting this scam typically travel widely so I would urge people across the north-east to be aware of the risk.
“Enquiries are ongoing into the recent incidents and I would urge anyone with information to contact police on 101, using reference 1313 of September 22.
“Alternatively information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”