Beware: the 'shortchanging' scam strikes twice

September 8, 2017
Hantsport, Nova Scotia

News release

Nova Scotia RCMP asked the public for assistance to identify a person of interest in a shortchanging scam that occurred on September 5 in Barrington Passage. A man matching the description given from the previous incident entered a coffee shop in Hantsport yesterday at 4 p.m., asked for change for a $50 bill, confused the clerk, and left the shop with a coffee, his original $50, and two $20 bills.

Surveillance video was obtained, and witnesses and police feel that the person involved in the Hantsport incident is the same as the one from the Barrington incident. Nova Scotia RCMP would like the public's assistance to locate and identify this person. Employees who handle cash are reminded to be mindful and vigilant of this scam, particularly when individuals use larger bills or ask for change.

Anyone with information pertaining to these incidents in asked to contact Windsor District RCMP at 902 798-2207. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at Calls to Crime Stoppers are not tapped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


Contact information

Cpl. Jennifer Clarke
Media Relations Officer
Nova Scotia RCMP
Office: 902 720-5652
Cell: 902 222-0154

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