Warning to Wiltshire businesses over fake notes

Money coins cash 2 (Mike Draper)

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 2:14pm 17th May 2018.

A charity and service station are among those targeted across the county so far - it could spread though, say police.

Businesses across Wiltshire are being urged to be extra vigilant for counterfeit notes.

Police are investigating a number of incidents across the county at various shops and businesses including a charity shop and service station.

Many of the cases have happened in the north of the county, but police are warning us that they could spread elsewhere in Wiltshire.

Sergeant Louis McCoy from Wiltshire Police said:

"Predominantly, the offenders are young men, aged between 19 and 25 and our enquiries are ongoing to try and identify those responsible.

"On all occasions, large denomination notes are used to buy low value items. The notes are of good quality with some even passing the pen test carried out by shop workers, only to then be rejected by the banks further down the process."

HOW TO SPOT A FAKE:

Wiltshire Police have given us this advice:

  • The paper tends to be not as you would expect of a bank note, it tends to be thinner, because they are treated specially.
  • The print quite often can be blurry, so look for nice crisp print on a bank note.
  • The metal strip has to go all the way through so hold it up to the light and make sure that line goes all the way through the note.
  • The watermark it's not printed on, it should be part of the paper.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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