Retailers across the north-east are being targeted by fraudsters trying to cash in fake vouchers.
Police have confirmed businesses in the city’s main shopping centres, and in Inverurie, have fallen victim to the scammers numerous times in recent weeks.
As reported in the Evening Express, the swindlers were able to walk away with thousands of pounds after presenting fake “compliments vouchers” to unsuspecting staff.
Police have warned retailers and urged the public not to purchase these counterfeit tokens.
Constable John Calder, of Aberdeen’s Queen Street Station, said: “It’s disappointing that businesses in the area are falling victim to fraudsters using these vouchers.
“We want to make sure local businesses are kept informed and I would urge shopkeepers and assistants to be extra vigilant when accepting vouchers of this nature.
“We would also like to speak to anyone who may have purchased these fraudulent vouchers believing them to be genuine.
“Anyone with any information relating to these vouchers is urged to contact police on 101.”
A number of shops and restaurants have been targeted, including some in Union Square, the Trinity Centre and Bon Accord Centre.
The fake vouchers have some flaws which make them distinguishable from real ones.
They have 11 digits instead of 12, while the circle on the rear is blue instead of black.