Children as young as 10 targeting Cookstown shops in cash scam

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Police in Cookstown are advising local shopkeepers and businesses to be on their guard against fraudsters as young as 10-years-old operating a money changing scam.

Inspector Danny Walsh explains: “ The money changing scam which involves fraudsters confusing and distracting staff members whilst changing a sum of cash for them has recently been reported at a shop in the Orritor Road area.

“In this instance two fraudsters conned a member of shop staff out of money by continually changing their minds over the denominations of notes they wanted in change.

“The fraudsters use sleight of hand and deliberate changes of mind to confuse the staff.

“In this instance, the perpetrators of the scam were young boys. The first boy was described as being around 14 years old, with black hair and was wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and a scarf. The second was around 10 years old and wore a burgundy coloured jacket, tan coloured trousers and had a design shaved into his hair.

“Both were described as having swarthy complexions and being of Eastern European origin.”

The police officer added: “I would urge all businesses to be alert to this fraud and I would ask anyone with any information about the boys involved to contact police in Cookstown on 101. Information can also be passed anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”