Recently the south Coast Police District has seen an increase in reports of Counterfeit Currency being used at retail shops along the coast, in particular $50 notes. South Coast P.D are reminding business owners to be vigilant when handling cash through their business.
HOW TO DETECT COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY
FEEL the note – a genuine note is printed on a special plastic polymer. It is difficult to tear and should return to shape if scrunched up.
LOOK at the note – a genuine note has multiple security features. There are different images printed on each denomination which makes each note unique.
Consider the use of Counterfeit Currency Detectors:
• Detectors emit a UV-light causing the security features of banknotes appear to shine.
• Detector units come in various designs that fit into the register and wall or desk mount.
If you think you have received a Counterfeit Note;
• Advise the person that you think that the note is counterfeit and that you are going to call the Police.
• Avoid returning the fake currency to the person.
• Handle the note as little as possible and place it in an envelope or other protective covering.
• Record the person’s description and vehicle registration numbers (if sighted).
• Notify the Police straight away.
If you believe you have received counterfeit currency contact your local police station or police assistance line on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000