Crown Hotel publican Shane Masters with some of the notes he had thought were counterfeit. Police have since confirmed them as
Crown Hotel publican Shane Masters with some of the notes he had thought were counterfeit. Police have since confirmed them as

Counterfeit? notes create mild panic

By EMMA CORNFORD

BUSINESSES around Grafton had a counterfeit note scare on Tuesday evening, but police said they can rest assured that the $20 notes were legitimate.

Bundles of the notes were taken to Grafton police station after The Crown Hotel's manager, Shane Masters, reacted on a tip-off from a staff member.

"We had a tip-off from one of the staff whose partner had been shopping at Woolies. They'd refused to take a note because they'd had a warning from head office about counterfeit notes," Mr Masters said.

"We were told that if the name was missing then it was counterfeit, but it looks like the notes may have actually changed recently. There were so many rumours floating about left, right and centre ? it just spread like wildfire."

Mr Masters said once staff started looking for possible counterfeits, they started 'turning up everywhere'.

Grafton police Sergeant Greg Levey said all the notes passed to police proved to be real.

"They all turned out to be legit. They were taken to a financial institution (yesterday) and found to be authentic. All the security marks were in place," he said.

"There were different signatures on them and a few different marks but they were just from being printed at different times.

"They were definitely real. There's no need for businesses to be concerned ? they were all legitimate."

Mr Masters said some positives had come out of the scare.

"I guess we don't know as much about our currency as we thought we did," he said.

"I think we'll be learning a lot more about our notes in the future."



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