Warn­ing over fraud re­ports

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS - BY CALUM ROSS

Po­lice are urg­ing busi­nesses in the High­lands to be on their guard fol­low­ing re­cent re­ports of “Ring­ing the Changes” fraud.

Two in­stances of the scam were re­ported to po­lice at premises in Nethy Bridge and Boat of Garten on Thurs­day where two sus­pects were suc­cess­ful in gain­ing a three-fig­ure sum from one of the busi­nesses.

The fraud in­volves a per­son ask­ing a mem­ber of staff to ex­change a large sum of money in notes of smaller de­nom­i­na­tions or a dif­fer­ent cur­rency.

While do­ing this they de­lib­er­ately con­fuse the staff mem­ber as­sist­ing with the trans­ac­tion in or­der to ob­tain more money than they started with.

Two men sus­pected of car­ry­ing out the scam were seen at a busi­ness in Boat of Garten at around 2.45pm hav­ing ear­lier at­tended in Nethy Bridge.

In­quiries are on­go­ing and po­lice are urg­ing busi­nesses to be on their guard against any fur­ther sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

Aviemore-based Sergeant David Cameron said: “All busi­ness own­ers and their staff should be alert and aware to this type of scam.

“In par­tic­u­lar you should watch out for any­one ask­ing for a large sum of money to be ex­changed.

“Th­ese un­scrupu­lous crim­i­nals are em­ploy­ing sleight of hand to leave with more money than they started with and it is pos­si­ble they will tar­get a busy pe­riod which can pro­vide an ideal op­por­tu­nity 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 no­tify po­lice.

“Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is en­cour­aged to con­tact po­lice on 101.”

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