Police in fraud and scammers warning

Police news.
Police news.

Police have warned retailers to be on their guard after a spate of attempted frauds at shops across the district.

The latest incidents occurred in Horncastle on Saturday, but police have warned of similar incidents in East Lindsey in recent months and stressed that people across the district should be mindful.

The latest incidents in Horncastle saw the offenders try to confuse a retailer into giving them too much change.

“In one shop, the offender made a 13p purchase and paid with a £20 note. A second male has then tried to confuse staff,” said a spolice spokesperson,

“The first male has then caused further confusion and requested change in different denominations. The aim is to leave with the £20 note and the change.

“The first male was described as white, in his late 40s, approximately 6ft tall with short spiky light brown hair, and a moustache. He was wearing a polo t-shirt and jeans.

“The second male was described as white, in his late 40s, 5ft 10ins tall, broad with short brown hair. He was wearing a shirt and jeans.

“Please may I advise retailers that if anyone matching the description tries to cause similar confusion in your shop, please call Lincolnshire Police on 101.

“There have been similar incidents in the East Lindsey area over the past few months. As such, this incident will not likely be confined to Horncastle and as such, retailers across the East Lindsey area should be mindful,” they added.