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Quick-change scam leaves truck stop down $1,200

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May be part of larger scamming ring

The crime is simple but leaves many cashiers confused and, many times, the store they work for out hundreds of dollars in cash or more.

In the case of the Pilot Travel Center off of State Route 99 at Avenue 18 1/2 earlier this week, four men walked in, and in teams of two scammed two cashiers for more than $1,200.

“What happens is you either make a purchase or walk in to exchange cash,” said Erica Stuart, Madera County Sheriff’s spokeswoman. “So you hand over a 20-dollar bill and ask for a 10, a five, and five ones. But then as the cashier starts handing over money you say, ‘Hey wait, make that a 10, two fives and five ones,’ which, if you counted, makes $25. Then you keep going back and forth like that to confuse the cashier.”

It’s called a quick-change scam, and authorities say Tuesday’s incident may be tied to a larger ring of such schemes up-and-down SR 99...


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