Police report lodged: Scammer auntie who kept tricking shop owners caught at Tampines

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Remember this auntie who was caught on camera scamming three stall-holders out of change? She has apparently been caught by a stall-holder at the Tampines Round Market.

A Stomper alerted Stomp to the incident, which happened between at about 11am today (Apr 25), and sent a photo of the woman seated in front of a police officer at the market.

A crowd of women can be seen surrounding the auntie in the photo.

The Stomper said said she was eating noodles there when there was a commotion at the soya bean drink stall.

"The stall auntie was saying the other auntie had cheated her again, but she was denying it," said the Stomper.

"The elderly woman tried to leave hastily, but the stall auntie chased her and called the cops.

"I showed the Stomp article about her to the other stall owners, and they said they had been scammed by her too.

"Apparently she struck at Tampines too, but no one reported it."

In response to Stomp's queries, the police confirmed that a report was lodged and investigations are ongoing.

The auntie appears to be the same one highlighted in three previous Stomp reports about stall-holders who were scammed out of change.

The elderly woman was caught on camera on Nov 18, 2016, when she pocketed $10 change and pretended to have dropped it near the cash register at a stall in Pasir Ris Drive 6.

The cashier hands her another $10, without realising that the old woman is pulling off a scam.

Stomper Christine, the stall-holder, said that the elderly woman then went to a wet market nearby but failed to pull off the same trick.

Stomper Yeowhwa subsequently sent Stomp video footage of the same woman in action at his fish stall at Whampoa Wet Market on Dec 27, 2016.

In the video, the woman waves a $50 note at the shopkeeper gesturing at a fish she wants to buy.

She then pockets the $50 note while the worker proceeds to pack her fish.

When he hands over the fish, there is some confusion as she claims that she has already paid for it and pretends to look around the stall for the money.

After some hesitation and confusion, the worker goes to the cash box and hands over about $40 in change to the woman.

A few Stompers reacted and commented on the these reports on Facebook, saying that they had encountered the woman before as well.

Stomper Penny informed Stomp that she was a victim of the auntie's change dropping trick when she visited her father's household store in Toa Payoh Lorong 1 on October 11, 2016.

According to the Stompers who have encountered this auntie, her trick is to quickly pocket some change and then distract and confuse the shopkeepers before telling them that they have shortchanged her.