Northlake cashier victim of ‘quick change’ scam
Updated: October 14, 2012 1:12PM
NORTHLAKE — A Walmart cashier was approached to ring up candy on Aug. 31, but police said she was instead scammed into giving two individuals several hundred dollars.
At about 9 p.m. Aug. 31, two men approached the cashier. She punched a sale into her register.
“While the cashier had the register open, the other suspect appeared to be trying to confuse her,” Northlake Police Sgt. Chris Mowinski said. “She was repeatedly exchanging money with the individual.”
After a minute or so, the men left the store and drove off in a blue four-door sedan. An audit of the cash drawer showed the register was light by $642.
“We get that frequently,” Mowinski said. Known as a “quick change scam,” the idea is to confuse the cashier when he or she is giving change.
“You can buy a 50 cent item and pay with a $50 bill,” Mowinski said. “The cashier starts giving change and the (scammer) will say, I want two 10s, three fives and 12 ones. And when the cashier does, the (scammer) says sorry, I want this instead. And then says, I gave you a $100 bill.”