Perfume scam warning as police investigate fraud

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TRADERS in Doncaster town centre are warning shoppers to be wary of a new scam in which £1 bottles of perfume are being sold on the street for up to £50.

The con artists are reported to have been buying products from bargain goods store Poundworld, Market Place, and then selling them on for inflated prices to nearby shoppers.

Richard Huby, owner of the Paper House, Market Place, said: “It’s such a scam and we want to put out a warning to people not to be taken in by it.”

The group carrying out the scam is said to buy the products and then put tickets for much higher prices on them, trying to convince shoppers that they are getting a massive discount.

Kathy Pritchard, Poundworld manager, said there had been problems with people buying products and selling them on.

“We were aware of reports of this happening, but it has not been dealt with.

“If they come in, then they’re sent back out again.”

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “We have been made aware of incidents taking place in the town centre and are conducting enquiries.”

n Anyone with information about the scam is asked to call police on 101.