Fraudster warning for banks and businesses

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POLICE are warning banks, building societies and other businesses to take extra care following a 'ring the change' incident in Salisbury city centre.

Just before noon on February 12 a man entered The Royal Bank of Scotland and asked for £700 in £10 notes, to be changed into £20 notes.

He then tried to confuse the cashier by asking for the cash to be changed into Euros.

He attempted to deceive the cashier by keeping some of the money in order to gain more Euros than he was entitled to. The cashier was suspicious and the man made an excuse and quickly left the bank without the cash.

The suspect is described as of Eastern European appearance, about 40 years of age, 5ft 5ins tall and of stocky build. He had short dark hair and was wearing a dark coloured coat and trousers.

PC Philipa Royston said: “Unfortunately cases such as these are increasingly common. These people are often experienced and confident and it is important that businesses are vigilant. If at any time staff members feel suspicious or concerned regarding a customer they should stop what they are doing and contact police.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact PC Royston at Salisbury Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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