HPD looking for con man

Brent Finnegan -- October 22nd, 2009

The HPD is looking for a man swindling money from Harrisonburg stores using one of the oldest ploys in the book: the short change scam.

On three separate occasions, this unknown male has gone into a store and purchased a drink. When paying for the drink, he gives a $100 bill to the cashier. As the cashier begins to make change, the suspect says he will pay the correct amount of change and asks for the $100 bill back. While he is fumbling through his money he asks the cashier to go ahead and give him change from the $100 bill.

The cashier gives approximately $99 in change and the offender never gives the cashier the $100 bill.

The offender makes the transaction quick and leaves the store before the cashier realizes he also left with the $100 bill.

It works something like this:

The con artist has hit the Harrisonburg Target three times, and Walmart once. HPD is looking for any information regarding his whereabouts. They included a security cam photo with the press release.

security cam

From the snarlyboodle post I linked to at the top:

A smart scam artist will forget the $50 or $100 levels of this scam. Most stores won’t accept anything larger than a $20 bill, anyway, and greedy people get caught more often.

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One Response to “HPD looking for con man”

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