Police issue warning over counterfeit money scam

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Police are warning people in north west Leeds to be on their guard following a number of incidents in which elderly people have been tricked out of money by a conman.

There are thought to have been at least 15 incidents that have occurred in the Pudsey, Farsley and Bramley areas of Leeds in which the conman has asked for high-value notes to be broken into change.

The incidents have normally involved the suspect asking people to break a £10 or £20 note, which is normally presented to the victim in a folded-up fashion. After the exchange has taken place the victim finds the note is counterfeit.

The male suspect is described as white, slim/average build, 5ft 8ins- 6ft tall. In the majority of cases he is seen wearing a black wool hat. He is also said to speak well and appears to be polite.

Police are also asking anyone who has been approached by the suspect and is yet to come forward to contact them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC 6394 Kirsti Wood or PC 2408 Stephen Jones at Pudsey Police Station via 101 or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously and in confidence, on 0800 555111.