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Retailers in the North East continue to be targeted by fraudsters


Retailers in the North East are being asked to remain vigilant as ‘Ringing The Changes’ type scams continue on the run up to Christmas.

This sleight of hand fraud has many variations but this week a store in Stonehaven was targeted by a fraudster using Apple Gift cards as a means of tricking staff.

The suspect asked for x2 Apple Gift Cards to the value of £500 and handed over £480 in cash. While the money was being counted the suspect put the cards in his pocket and returned x2 empty cards when the cashier realised the money was short. The suspect left the store with the two loaded cards stating he would return with the correct cash.

‘Ringing the changes’ usually happens during busy times which adds to the confusion and places extra pressure on staff.


The attached booklet gives advice for retailers and their staff to avoid becoming a victim of retail crime.

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Police Scotland's North East Division covers rural and urban areas in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.  The division has five territorial command areas which have their own dedicated Area Commander, who is responsible for the daily policing function.  Each command area is served by a number of community policing teams whose activities are built around the needs of the local community.  These teams respond to local calls and look for long term solutions to key issues.  They are assisted by the division's Crime Reduction Unit who deliver against Force and local priorities in a number of areas, including physical and social crime prevention, supporting and enhancing community engagement and creating and sustaining strong and effective partnership working.


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