Vegreville RCMP Investigating "Quick Change" Scam

Vegreville RCMP are investigating a "Quick Change" scam

Vegreville RCMP are investigating a "Quick Change" scam.

On March 2, 2019 in Vegreville, a white male wearing a silver and black toque and dark jacket went to Tim Horton's and performed a quick change scam. The scam involves purchasing a small item, and paying with a large denomination. As the cashier is arranging the change for the purchase, the scammer begins to confuse the employee by asking to change the bills of a smaller denominations for larger ones. During the confusion, the cashier hands over too much change in the amount of $100.00. The scam is to earn easy money at an amount that isn't realized until the till is balanced at the end of the day. The amounts are small enough that efforts by businesses are not made to determine what happened that day to account for the error making it a low risk confidence trick and under reported.

The male captured on surveillance in Vegreville on March 2 was also caught on surveillance in Camrose at the Co-op gas bar on January 19, 2019. The male is proficient in this scam and likely to have caught other businesses with the same routine around the province.

Prior to entering Tim Horton's in Vegreville, he parked his vehicle away from surveillance cameras in the shopping area and walked the extra distance. He was only seen buying a coffee and sandwich before going back to his vehicle and leaving again.

The male's vehicle is believed to be a late 1990's Buick Park Avenue, silver or light brown in colour.

Police are appealing for other businesses who have found that they are down cash inexplicably to check their surveillance in case they have been caught out by the same male using the same trick.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Vegreville RCMP, or Crime Stoppers.


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