Scotland: Crime Group Impersonating Police Officers Targeting Tourists for their Cash

Posted on May 2, 2014 • Filed under: Tourist Scam, Tourist Warning, Tourists Robbed, United Kingdom reported a group of thieves have been posing as police officers in an attempt to steal cash from tourists. Three incidents have been reported in the past few days in the Capital – in Princes Street, St Andrew Square and Johnston Terrace – that saw foreign visitors targeted. Detective Sergeant Willie Falconer, who is based at Gayfield station, said: “All of the incidents are very alike and there is clearly a group of thieves using the same tactic to try and make off with cash from unsuspecting tourists. “The so-called police officers then asked to see their wallets on the pretext of checking for counterfeit currency and identification. They took some cash from the wallets, appeared to sniff the money, replace it and then handed the wallets back. “But after the three men left, the woman discovered that there was £140 missing from her wallet.” Read Article

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