Latest Kamloops scam targets inexperienced cashiers

By James Peters
October 31, 2016 - 2:09pm

KAMLOOPS — RCMP are warning Kamloops businesses to train their employees to take their time when completing transactions with cash.

The warning comes after a pair of businesses were tricked into giving too much change.

Corporal Jodi Shelkie says in each case, the culprit will pay for a purchase with cash, then distract the cashier while he or she is providing change, causing the cashier to return too much money.

Shelkie says that happened at a restaurant and a clothing store in the past week.

The suspects in both cases were a woman with hair dyed red and a man with a stocky build.

Shelkie says cashiers shouldn't feel bad about taking their time.

"When you're dealing with money in a store, make sure you stay focused on one transaction before you move on to another transaction," advises Shelkie.

"Don't be diverted by stories or by questions from your customers. Say 'I just want to finish this, and then I'll be glad to help you with your next concern.'"

Anyone with information on the scam is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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