We have been contacted by members in the Wexford area of an old scam that has now resurfaced.
The store owner was approached at the till and asked for a packet of painkillers which was handed over to the customer. The item was paid for by a €100.00 note and on receiving their change the customer decided that the product was too expensive and requested to return the item and receive their money back.
When the money was handed back to the customer they return the change you have given them, minus €50. Our member was aware of this scam from previous attempts and counted the returned change before giving over the money and advised the customer that they had left him €50 short which was then promptly presented from the other hand.
They insist that they receive the €100 note back, which would then allow them to go on to the next unsuspecting business owner to carry out their scam.
Please be vigilant as these scams are countrywide and the gangs are travelling, make all of your staff aware of this to ensure you don’t get caught up and on the losing side of their scam.