Both sides of the $10 note Mr Bou-Hamdan claims is counterfeit.
Both sides of the $10 note Mr Bou-Hamdan claims is counterfeit.

Dodgy notes in circulation

COUNTERFEIT currency is again in circulation after a dodgy $10 note was passed at a business in the South Lismore industrial estate last week.

This is the second report of counterfeit money in circulation in three months after several Lismore businesses including Big Rob's, The Night Owl and Mary Gilhooleys were passed dodgy $20 notes on the weekend of April 21 and 22.

Lismore late-night business owner Robert "Big Rob" Bou-Hamdan said he was contacted on Wednesday afternoon by an employee of the business to inform him about the dodgy note.

He said the business, which did not want to be named, called him about the note after remembering the Northern Star story about the counterfeit $20 notes passed at his business in April.

"The employee didn't notice the note at the time and realised it was fake when he saw it in the draw later so he rang me straight away," he said.

Mr Bou-Hamdan said the note was the best forgery he had ever seen.

"It's very hard to pick up the difference but when you look at it closely the face of Banjo Patterson is very blue compared with a real note."

"The names are also missing under both faces on each side of the note and when you hold it up to the light the ink is coming off and you can see through the note."

"The window is very good...if you just looked at it you wouldn't pick it."

Mr Bou-Hamdan said he reported the forgery to the police assistance line.



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