MONEY: Police are urging people to be on the look out for counterfeit $50 notes. Photo Sid Russell / Daily Mercury
MONEY: Police are urging people to be on the look out for counterfeit $50 notes. Photo Sid Russell / Daily Mercury Sid Russell

Fake $50 passed on the Northern Rivers

AN INCREASE in counterfeit currency including a fake $50 note being passed at Tweed Heads yesterday has prompted police to warn people so they aren’t left out of pocket.

Tweed Byron LAC Crime Prevention Officer senior constable Bradley Foster said the incident occurred at a Tweed Heads fast food restaurant.

“On May 17 a counterfeit $50 note was attempted to be passed at a local Tweed Heads fast food restaurant,” he said.

“The note was identified as being counterfeit by the staff member before the person of interest drove away from the location.”

Snr Cnst Foster reminded business owners to be aware of counterfeit notes being passed and to inform their staff to be vigilant when dealing with cash notes.

“If counterfeit notes are identified at the time of being presented, police request that detailed descriptions of the person attempting to pass are obtained and in the event of a vehicle being used then registration details and description of the vehicle is also needed,” he said.

History of fake currency

The Northern Rivers has experienced a string of incidents involving fake cash over the past decade, usually involving $50 notes.

In August 2015, $300 worth of fake $50 notes was passed at a Lismore business.

Woolworths at Casino had a counterfeit $50 note passed in June 2014.

In April 2013, fake $50 notes were handed into police from businesses in Lismore and Nimbin.

As far back as December 2004, counterfeit $50 and $100 notes were being passed in Lismore, Kyogle and Nimbin.

Any member of the community that has information about these counterfeit notes can provide anonymous information to police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police advice on identifying counterfeit notes

1. Is it plastic

2. Look for the star

3.Look for the Coat of Arms

4.Check the clear window

5. Feel the dark printing (often colour too pink)

6. Check print quality

7. Look for embossing in clear window



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