The shortchanging scam has re-surfaced in Southwestern Nova Scotia. The scam uses sleight-of-hand and attempts to confuse the victim when exchanging currency.
On March 1, an employee at a bank in Digby realized they were short by approximately $800 after two men exchanged $2000.00 in small bills for larger ones.
On February 28, an employee at a grocery store in Yarmouth determined they were missing $160 when two men entered the store and asked a clerk to exchange three $100 bills for $20 bills.
Employees who handle cash are reminded to be mindful and vigilant of this scam, particularly when individuals use larger bills or ask for change. Anyone with information pertaining to these incidents in asked to contact Nova Scotia RCMP at 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or text TIP202 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips atwww.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not tapped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.
Source: Media Release