Be on lookout for fake cash
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.