Shopkeepers warned after money scam bid

Pictured is the Co-op on Trinity Road, Brechin
Pictured is the Co-op on Trinity Road, Brechin

Shops in Brechin were among those targeted at the weekend by a group involved in a money changing scam.

Police Scotland have warned local shopkeepers to be on their guard against the ‘ringing the changes’ scam which has reared its head in the local area again. The scheme first came to light at the end of last year when a warning first went out.

It was understood there is a group of eastern European women involved in the money scam. It has been reported that they try to exchange substantial sums of fraudulent money at the checkouts, often using busy periods to confuse or distract counter staff.

“Staff have to be alert and suspicious to any customer requesting large denomination notes to be changed or those who wish to cancel transactions once cash is on the counter,” a police spokesman said.

He added: “When this happens consider calling on another colleague for assistance or if in any doubt, politely decline the request and notify the police.”

A spokesman for Tesco confirmed that the Tesco Express store on Clerk Street had been one the stores affected at the weekend. He said: “I can confirm that a couple of individuals attempted to exchange money fraudulently at the Tesco Express story. Fortunately, our staff had already been made aware to look out for this and as a result the scamming attempt was unsuccessful.”

He continued that they were assisting police with their enquiries.

It has also been confirmed that the Co-operative Food store in the town was also targeted. A spokesperson for the Co-op said that two people had entered the Trinity Road store on Saturday afternoon and asked staff at the till to change some money.

He added: “Staff became suspicious and alerted police and the pair left the store empty-handed. CCTV footage has been given to police and we would appeal for any one with information to come forward.”

Anyone with any information can contact police on 101 or speak to any officer. Anonymous information can also be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.