BUSINESSES are being urged to be wary following a potential ‘ringing the changes’ scam.
The incident happened in Tomintoul on Thursday, where a man tried to exchange Euros for pounds before apparently changing his mind.
No money was lost in the incident, but officers would like to trace the man.
He is described as being aged in his 20s, of medium build and more than 6ft tall.
He spoke with a foreign accent and was wearing either trousers or jeans with a black/dark T-shirt under a denim jacket.
‘Ringing the changes’ typically involves asking staff to change a large sum of money into notes of smaller denominations or a different currency.
The fraudster then deliberately distracts or confuses the staff member to obtain more money than they started with.
PC Morag Lawrence said: "On this occasion no money was gained because of the diligence of staff. We are urging businesses to be on their guard and, if they have any concerns, to contact us.
"Enquiries are ongoing and if anyone has information relating to the incident in Tomintoul they should contact police on 101 quoting incident 2099 of 7/9."