Grantham and Long Bennington shops are victims of money changing scam

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Shop and business owners are asked to be aware of a money changing scam after a sizeable amount of cash was taken following incidents at stores in Grantham and Long Bennington.

The two incidents were reported by businesses on the same day – Wednesday, May 7 – after two men went into shops and handed over between £100 and £300 in notes and asked for change.

At one premises on Main Road in Long Bennington, as small notes were being passed backwards and forwards, the men managed to confuse the owner. As he cashed up at the end of the day he realised he was over £100 short as a result.

In the other case at a shop on the High Street in Grantham the men were told that store policy was not to change cash and they were refused. The incident was then reported to police.

Officers are warning businesses and shops to be on the lookout for the men and the scam and to refuse to change any money if approached.

One of the men involved in the incidents is described as being around 5ft 9in in height and wearing a smart black jacket with a white shirt and black trousers. The second man is described as around 5ft 10in, wearing a leather jacket and black trousers, and with greying hair and a gold tooth.

If anyone believes they have been a victim of this scam or have been approached by anyone attempting to carry it out, they should report the incident to Lincolnshire Police on 101.

Anyone with any information about the two incidents is asked to call 101 quoting incidents 366 and 415 of May 7, 2014.