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PSNI warn staff against confusion scam with fraudsters using 'sleight of hand' to steal money

Published 08/07/2015

Businesspeople across Northern Ireland are being warned against a confusion scam operated by people asking to change quantities of money.

Several incidents have been reported in the north coast area this week and police believe it could happen in other places too.

In the instances reported to police, staff of businesses including supermarkets, have been asked to change amounts of money into notes of different denominations.

The fraudsters then get the staff confused and use sleight of hand to seize money belonging to the business.

Chief Inspector Mark McClarence said: "We are advising all businesspeople to be on the alert. Carefully count any money that is offered to you and keep it in your possession.

"If the ‘customer’ claims to have changed his mind and asks for the original notes back, insist on getting your money – and counting it – before agreeing.

“Shopkeepers could also decide not to offer money-changing services to people they do not know – leave that to the banks.”

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