'Ringing the changes' scam alert for Midlothian

Police in Midlothian have urged local businesses to be vigilant for an ongoing fraud known as "ringing the changes".

Officers in the Dalkeith area received a report of the scam at a local post office on Monday.

A man and woman asked for money to be changed into a different currency.

The couple then intentionally used confusion techniques to defraud the shop of more than 250 Euros.

They then attempted to repeat the scam at a second post office, but were unsuccessful.

'Large amounts'

Other businesses in the region are now being asked to remain alert for this scam and report any similar instances to police immediately.

The pair were described as being between 20 and 25 years old and of Eastern European appearance.

Ch Insp Jim Royan, of Police Scotland, said: "The couple have entered both post offices and requested large sums of money be changed and then set about distracting and confusing the shop assistant, which has resulted in them being able to obtain more money than they were due.

"We would advise that businesses ask for ID when asked to change large amounts of money.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who can help us trace these individuals and ask that anyone with information that can assist with our enquiries comes forward.

"Businesses in Midlothian should be wary of this scam and if they believe someone within their store is trying to defraud them in a similar manner, they should contact police immediately."

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