Be on look­out for fake cash

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MONTO po­lice are urg­ing res­i­dents to be aware of coun­ter­feit­ing tak­ing place in neigh­bour­ing coastal towns such as Bund­aberg and Her­vey Bay.

Sergean­tWerner Crous said po­lice be­lieved the scam was be­ing car­ried out by a Cau­casian man and woman. Although they have not yet struck Monto, he is urg­ing lo­cals to be pre­pared.

“Aus­tralian notes have a plas­tic feel so if a note feels more like pa­per then it prob­a­bly is,” he said.

“If the­wa­ter­mark is not show­ing then it is fake as the wa­ter­mark can not be scanned.

“Feel the raised bits on the win­dow and if you can see through then it is gen­uine.”

Busi­ness own­ers and em­ploy­ees ap­pre­ci­ate the se­ri­ous­ness of this crime but for the most part are of­ten not sure of what to look for or are usu­ally too busy serv­ing cus­tomers to have time to ex­am­ine ev­ery note handed over the till.

Heil­bronn’s Mens­land em­ployee Jenette Penny said coun­try ar­eas could be tar­geted be­cause of their gen­er­ally low crime rates and friendly na­ture.

“In coun­try ar­eas we could be tar­geted as we are very trust­ing of our cus­tomers and of­most peo­ple,” she said.

“When look­ing for signs of coun­ter­feit we really wouldn’t know where to start.”

If you come across sus­pected coun­ter­feit cur­rency call 000 and take note of any iden­ti­fy­ing de­scrip­tions of of­fend­ers such as male/fe­male, cloth­ing or di­rec­tion of travel and car reg­is­tra­tion.

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