Police warn of sleight-of-hand scammers, SA

Sleight-of-hand scammers who struck in country South Australia last month by asking businesses to change cash for them appear to have returned, prompting a further police warning of their activities, according to SA Police.

In late June police issued a warning to the community about the actions of two men who had attended several businesses seeking to have money changed into smaller denominations.

During the process they have distracted the staff member and obtained more cash than originally presented.

Police investigating the initial reports believed the two men had been identified and were making inquiries interstate regarding their whereabouts.

Last week, on Tuesday 18 July, a man used a similar tactic in a bid to commit the same scam at a business in Naracoorte, however he left the cash behind when staff became suspicious. Then, about noon on Thursday, a similar attempt was made at a business in Mt Barker.

Another incident at a business in Renmark was reported to police last night where again the man left without obtaining any money after staff became suspicious.

It is unclear if the same offenders are involved, with police examining CCTV footage from the premises involved.

Businesses are urged to remind their staff to be alert to this potential scam. They are asked to be vigilant and exercise caution when people are asking for change of large sums of cash.

It is recommended staff refer people seeking to change large amounts of cash to banks, where there are appropriate cash handling procedures in place.

Anyone with information about this offence is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report on-line at https://crimestopperssa.com.au

All information can be provided anonymously and will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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