THE Pietermaritzburg SAPS has issued safety tips and warnings to assist the community within the CBD and surroundings.Pietermaritzburg police station spokesperson Khosi Khonjelwayo said police have noticed that the modus operandi for robbing people has not changed, where scammers would drop a bag of money on the ground in front of a targeted victim and, as soon as the victim picks up the bag and tries to return it , the scammer will offer to share some of the cash as a reward. “The victim is lured out of the busy street into a side street, where the scammer’s accomplices will approach the victim posing as police officers. They will force the victim inside a car and demand everything in his or her possession. After they rob someone they often drop the victim off far away from town,” she said. Khonjelwayo said this is not the only scam being used by criminals. She said customers are also being targeted near clothing shops and supermarkets by men and women who claim they have a contact at the store or that they personally know the store manager. “It is believed that people carrying purchased items in packets from other stores are mostly targeted. The scammer says that he or she can get products from the store at a cheaper price. The victim is then asked to go inside the store and choose their desired goods, leaving their belongings with the thieves outside the store.Within seconds of the victim entering the store, the scammer flees with the victim’s belongings,” she said. — Supplied.SAFETY TIPS TO PREVENT ROBBERIES AND SCAMS • Do not carry large sums of money• Avoid talking to strangers who seem friendly.• If you are coming from the bank, make sure that you are not being followed.•Be aware when being offered half price goods.