From Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers
LUFKIN, TEXAS(News Release) - Seeing video of a quick-change scam in action may have you thinking it would be easy to spot and leave you wondering how anyone could fall for it. The truth is, quick-change scams have been around for a long time because they work very well.
To put it simply, a quick change scam, when it occurs at a business, involves a criminal getting a cashier to give more change than is owed. The case Crime Stoppers is trying to solve this week occurred at Walmart and involved a technique where the thief quickly and repeatedly pressured the cashier to take small denomination bills in exchange for large denomination bills.
Video posted at www.DETCS.tips and facebook.com/detcs shows a "customer" paying for a bottle of water using a $100 bill. As the cashier counted out his change, he asked for his $100 bill back and said he would pay with a smaller bill. The cashier, confused and possibly forgetting that she gave him change from the purchase, began to return the $100 bill and take the smaller bill as payment. The thief then confused her again by asking to exchange many smaller bills for several of the large bills in the register. By continually confusing the cashier and using sleight-of-hand, the thief walked away with the bottle of water and several hundred dollars.