BUSINESSES are being left short changed by a scam which is targeting shops and stores in Moray.
Police are warning retail premises in the area to remain vigilant over a deception scheme that has taken place at various locations in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen.
They say the perpetrators, all of Eastern European or Asian appearance, go into local shops and use distraction tactics to try and steal cash.
They attempt to change bank notes for different denominations and then changing their minds, leaving a shortfall in the notes that are returned.
Last weekend alone, a number of different premises including some in Moray were targeted, mainly without any success.
A joint investigation is being carried out by Police Scotland officers from the Aberdeenshire and Moray division along with the Aberdeen City Division.
Inspector Colin Mowat said: "Retailers have been very good in following advice that has previously gone out, however we would ask them and their staff to be wary at all times of any approach to change money.
"If they are at all suspicious then they should refuse such requests and contact the police."
Anyone with any information regarding these crimes or the people involved should contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.