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Thieves pose as police officers in Edinburgh tourist scam

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Image caption The scam has been reported in Princes Street, St Andrews Square and Johnston Terrace

Groups of thieves have been posing as police officers in an attempt to steal cash from tourists in Edinburgh.

Three incidents were reported in the past few days in the capital, in Princes Street, St Andrews Square and Johnston Terrace.

In one case £140 was stolen from a man's wallet by two men posing as police officers.

Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Sniff money

Det Sgt Willie Falconer, of Police Scotland: "All of the incidents are very alike and there is clearly a group of thieves using the same tactic to try and make off with cash from unsuspecting tourists.

"On Thursday in St Andrews Square, for example, we received a report from a woman after she was approached by a Mediterranean/dark European looking man posing as a tourist.

"The man and woman were soon approached by another two men who were of Asian appearance and presented themselves as police officers.

"The so-called police officers then asked to see their wallets on the pretext of checking for counterfeit currency and identification.

"They took some cash from the wallets, appeared to sniff the money, replace it and then handed the wallets back.

"But after the three men left, the woman discovered that there was £140 missing from her wallet."

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