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Posted on: April 26, 2012

[ARCHIVED] "Quick change" scam alert, Frederick MD

A business in Frederick, MD has been the victim of a "quick change" scam. The Frederick Police Department would like to alert the business community about this incident, and recommend precautionary measures to take to prevent becoming a victim.

On 04/25/12 a business in Frederick, MD was the victim of a "quick change" scam. A quick change scam typically involves a con artist who confuses a cashier by paying with a large denomination bill, and then changing his mind several times about how he wants the change returned to him. This results in the cashier giving too much money back to the individual.

There is limited information regarding the suspect(s) in this incident other than that they were two African American males. The incident took place at a business on the Route 40 corridor that wishes to remain anonymous. These types of con artists usually operate in a predictable fashion. Please be aware of the indicators of this type of scam, and call the Frederick Police Department if you believe you have been victimized or have information related to potential suspects.

Indicators:
Paying with a large denomination bill for small items
Requesting change several different ways during the same transaction
Teams could be working together to confuse cashiers (Asking multiple questions, etc.)

Prevention:
Consider only accepting small denomination bills ($20 or less)
Stay focused during suspicious transactions
Notify management immediately
Don’t give the individual the money they request
Review video footage to determine if a quick change scam occurred
Call the Frederick Police Department to report the incident

Departmental Contact: A/Sgt. Paul Beliveau
301-600-4102

NAC: 8

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