Public urged to look out for fake banknotes

Public urged to look out for fake banknotes

Crimestoppers wants the public to report information on those making, buying or selling counterfeit banknotes.In the first half of 2017, more than 237,000 worthless counterfeit banknotes with a notional value of more than £4.88 million were found.Less than 1% of notes in circulation are counterfeit, but many retailers, businesses, schools, charities and the elderly have been conned out of money because of fake notes.Christmas is a time when more cash changes hands, especially £20 and £50 notes, and fraudsters take advantage of the festive season by targeting busy shops with temporary staff.

Incidents include scammers tricking innocent members of the public into swapping fake £20 notes for two genuine £10 notes, and businesses being left out of pocket if they take a counterfeit note.More information is on Crimestoppers’ web page: fakenotes.co.uk.

 

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