Evans Head man arrested for using counterfeit currency
AN EVANS Head man will face court next month after allegedly being found in possession of counterfeit currency.
A number of counterfeit notes were allegedly used at a local licenced premises on Saturday October 17.
A 72 year old man was arrested at Ballina police station and subsequently charged with utter counterfeit currency and possess prohibited currency.
The man was granted conditional bail and will appear in Ballina Local Court on Thursday, November 26.
Anyone with any information about the use of counterfeit notes in the Richmond area is asked to contact local police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Local businesses are urged to be vigilant with money transactions.
What to look for
- Banknote printed on polymer (plastic) and the clear window should be part of the banknote, not an addition.
- Coat of Arms and the Federation Star when the banknote is held up to the light.
- A 'scrunch' test will also distinguish polymer notes - which will flatten automatically - and counterfeit paper notes which often won't.
- Real currency won't tear easily, while fake currency often does.
What to do
Anyone who comes into contact with suspicious notes is asked to handle the note as little as possible and store it in an envelope.
They are asked to note down any identifying features such as personal descriptions and vehicles used by them, and promptly notify police.
As a reminder, you are well within your rights to refuse to accept a banknote if you have concerns about it.
For more information about security features and what to do with counterfeit banknotes visit the Reserve Bank of Australia's website here