DeFuniak Springs Police Searching for Quick Change Scam Artist

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. - DeFuniak Springs Police are searching for a man that used "rapid fire requests and slight of hand moves" to swindle almost $2,000 from local bank.

The suspect went to a teller at Ameris Bank on May 26th and wanted to exchange $2,400 in one hundred dollar bills for $50s. The teller counted the money and verified the large bills were authentic.  She then prepared the fifties and gave them to the man. 

The suspect then told teller that he wanted $20s instead. The teller took the fifties back from the suspect, but did not verify the amount. She counted out the $20s and gave the suspect $2,400 worth.

The man took the $20s but then said he wanted English Pounds, which the teller said she did not have.

He then left the bank with almost $2,000 more than he brought in.

 “This is an example of how easily someone can take your hard earned money right in front of you.  The best defense against this type of fraudster is to slow down, be meticulous, and involve others to double check the transaction,” said Chief Mark Weeks.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the DeFuniak Springs Police Department. 

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