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The high price of cashiers not counting cash carefully, according to RCMP

Someone left a bag of cash at the downtown Vernon CIBC branch and the RCMP are looking for the owner.
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October 31, 2016 - 1:40 PM

KAMLOOPS - Cashiers in Kamloops are to be on the look out for scammers with quick hands and big bills.

Two incidents have been reported to Kamloops RCMP regarding a couple who are scamming cashiers by paying for small items with larger value bills. When they pay for something small with a $50 or $100 bill the couple will try to confuse the cashier with quick money exchanges and leave with more money than they came in with.

In both cases the suspects got away with around $100, according to an RCMP press release.

One suspect is described as a woman about five feet tall with dyed red hair while the second is a stocky male about six-feet-tall wearing a black jacket and baggy sweat pants.

To help counteract this type of scam, Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says cashiers should keep a close eye on large bills until a transaction is finished.

“The cashier should count aloud the change that has been made,” she says in the release. “If the customer starts to barrage them with requests for multiple transactions, they should purposefully slow the transaction process down and manage each transaction separately.”

If a cashier feels bullied by a customer, Shelkie suggests involving a manager.

Tips about the identity of the suspects can be called to the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

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