Lynmouth shop hit by ‘ringing the change’ scam

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Police appeal to find two suspects reported to have targeted shops across Devon and Cornwall.

POLICE are issuing a warning to shopkeepers and cashiers to remain vigilant after reports of a ‘ringing the changes’ scam across Devon and Cornwall.

A shop in Lynmouth was among one of the places where it has been reported two female suspects have entered and ask to exchange notes to different denominations.

Police said the suspects then attempt to confuse till staff and while the staff are distracted, use sleight of hand in an attempt to steal cash.

One of the women is being described as being of Romanian or Asian appearance, in her twenties, around 5ft 3inches tall, of medium build and with black hair with possible blonde highlights, and a round face.


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The other is described as being of Hispanic origin and is approximately 5ft 7inches tall and known to carry a large black leather bag.

A police spokesman said: “One recent attempt was foiled because the staff member was trained to spot the scam.

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“If you or your staff encounter anyone attempting this ruse or similar, please contact the police on 999 if the offender is still nearby.

“Please make all of your staff aware and remain vigilant.”

Anyone with any information can contact police on non-emergency number 101 quoting log 945 of August 7, 2013.

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