A scam artist, using the old “quick change” con  managed to bilk a local store clerk out of more than $1,000 last week.

According to Ardmore police reports, an officer responded about 6:30 p.m. to the store, located in the 2500 block of North Commerce Street. A store cashier said reported having been  “tricked” into giving the suspect money as change in what police call the “quick change” scam.

The scam is accomplished by repeatedly asking a clerk or cashier to exchange bills that were originally given in change during a purchase. The scammer operates quickly, asking the victim to replace various denominations of bills for others until the victim becomes confused  and ends up giving the con artist more money than the original amount of change owed.