Police warn shopkeepers about change scammers

By Ben Fitzgerald - 6 December 2019


Police would like to make shop workers aware of a scam which has been reported in the Swindon area.

Yesterday (5/12), two men entered WH Smiths in Regent Street and the Cornish Bakehouse, also in Regent Street, close to closing time at 6pm. 

One of the men made a small purchase, and during the transaction he requested certain change swaps with the cashier. During this deliberate method of confusing the cashier, the man subsequently retained money beyond what should have been the correct change. 

A second man appeared to distract other cashiers during this time. 

PC Paul Bezzant said: “We’d like to speak to the two men pictured in connection with these incidents. 

“I’d also like to urge shop workers to be vigilant, especially at this time of year, when shops are likely to be busy and therefore staff may be more susceptible to this type of scam.

“As part of Operation Dasher, officers will be proactively patrolling our busy shopping areas across the town  - if you see anything suspicious, please approach an officer, or call us on 101 and provide as much detail as possible.”

Anyone with information should call PC Paul Bezzant via 101.

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