Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Businesses Warned - Scam Artist At Work

"Quick change" scam artist 
hitting central Vancouver Island

The Nanaimo RCMP wishes to advise business owners of a "quick change” scam targeting Nanaimo and Ladysmith businesses. One male is believed to be responsible for a number of reported incidents.

On Monday April 18, the Nanaimo RCMP was contacted by a business owner who reported a male came into their business and made a small purchase using a $50 Canadian bill. The suspect then asked for a specific combination of bills as change. While the cashier was getting the requested dominations, he changed his mind and asked for a different combination. This is done several times and causes the clerk to become confused.  The suspect on several occasions, walked away with much more than his original $50.

Ladysmith RCMP has also reported similar occurrences between April 12th and April 17. Based on the description provided, investigators believe it is the same person involved. The suspect male is white, approximately 6 ft.,  250 pounds, in his late 30's to early 40's with short brown hair and receding hairline. The male also has a small tattoo on the right side of his neck.

If you have information on the identity of this male, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or submit your TIP online to www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com


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