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Watch for fake banknotes

Two reports of counterfeit notes presented at North Coast businesses in the past week have been confirmed by police.
Two reports of counterfeit notes presented at North Coast businesses in the past week have been confirmed by police. Barry Leddicoat

SPOTTING a fake banknote could save you big bucks, warn police.

Coffs Clarence Local Area Command Acting Inspector Dallas Leven confirmed two reports of counterfeit currency presented at North Coast businesses in the past week, and another in early December.

"Police remind people to vigilant to avoid inadvertently being handed counterfeit currency," Act Insp Leven said.

In both recent cases, the fake $50 banknotes were passed at food outlets, one in Nambucca Heads and one at Port Macquarie, while another was reported to Coffs-Clarence Police prior to Christmas.

Act Insp Leven said while some of the fakes were of fairly high quality, generally they were easy to spot when compared with a genuine banknote.

"The texture is different and they don't feel the same; they could also be missing some security features," he said.

Local business owner Beverley Traynor, from Tyndale Tourist Park and Roadhouse, said being alert for fake banknotes was a necessity, especially during peak holiday season.

"We had a suspect $50 note about six months ago," Mrs Traynor said.

When she reported it to her bank, her doubts were confirmed.

To avoid getting stung again, Mrs Traynor says she gives all banknotes a once-over.

"We check they're not wet, we check for the clear window and feel them to make sure they're plastic, not paper."

AVOID FAKES

Topics:  coffs clarence local area command, counterfeit money, nsw police




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