‘Quick change’ scam artist gets away with over $1,500 from business

‘Quick change’ scam artist gets away with over $1,500 from business

POSTED: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 12:46pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 4:33pm

The Zachary Police Department is looking for a scam artist who got away with over $1,500 in cash from a local Wal-Mart.

Officials say the suspect went into the Wal-Mart on Friday, June 22 shortly before 11:00 a.m. and made several purchases. When checking out he confused the cashier with what is known as a “quick change” scam.

“What he did was give her a hundred to pay for one thing and then as she was making change he would just keep throwing money at her,” Chief David McDavid, Zachary Police Department, explained. “She was a new employee who hadn’t been there long, and she got confused and messed up.”

Chief McDavid explained that this sort of scam happens from time to time, but hasn’t been seen in the area recently.

“This is the first one we’ve seen in a while,” he said. “The main thing people need to know to avoid this type of scam is to take each transaction and lay it on the register. What he did was continue to throw money at her and it got her confused. To avoid that, you should take one transaction at a time and lay it on the register and give back the change one transaction at a time.”

Although this type of scam typically yields small returns of cash, this particular scammer got away with $1,528.35. It only took him six minutes to accomplish.

If you know anything about the individual shown in the surveillance photo above, please call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867). You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637). Include CS225 at the beginning of your message.

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