Take note of warn­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Tim Mayne

KENS­ING­TON de­tec­tives have urged busi­nesses to be on guard af­ter coun­ter­feit notes were picked up in South Perth.

PO­LICE have seized more fake $50 notes in South Perth.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Matt Sur­man from Kens­ing­ton De­tec­tives says po­lice were made aware of notes found in South Perth on Thurs­day, July 30, af­ter they were pre­sented to TABs in the area.

This re­cent dis­cov­ery comes af­ter Kens­ing­ton De­tec­tives raided a prop­erty on Gre­gory Street in Bel­mont in late June and charged a 33-year-old man with sev­eral of­fences, in­clud­ing the print­ing of coun­ter­feit money.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Sur­man says the fakes dis­cov­ered re­cently were rea­son­ably easy to spot.

“There are dif­fer­ent lev­els of so­phis­ti­ca­tion in terms of the notes’ pro­duc­tion and these latest notes are ob­vi­ously coun­ter­feit,” De­tec­tive Sergeant Sur­man said.

“They were easy to spot in terms of an odd shape, their colour, un­usual plas­tic win­dow, edges that were jagged be­cause they weren’t cut very well.”

Po­lice say busi­nesses should keep an eye out for any­one look­ing to make a mi­nor pur­chase with a $50 note.

“For busi­nesses, one thing that would raise a red flag is if the per­son makes a small pur­chase – some­thing like sweets – and they present a $50 and get $45 in le­git­i­mate cur­rency,” he said.

“In a case like that they should have a closer look at the note.

“For­tu­nately with most of the notes we have re­cov­ered you can feel they are fake and are not a real note. “You can tell the dif­fer­ence. “Ob­vi­ously in those cases they are not that good that they avoid close de­tec­tion.”

The Re­serve Bank of Aus­tralia’s web­site has a guide on what to look out for, such as mak­ing sure the note is plas­tic, to look for the coat of arms and star, and the mi­crochip and check­ing the clear win­dow.

Kens­ing­ton Po­lice said there have al­ways been coun­ter­feit notes due to im­prove­ments in tech­nol­ogy, but peo­ple should not be alarmed, as they are not see­ing a huge in­flux.

“It is only one note here or there and the large seizure we con­ducted in late June is pretty rare,” De­tec­tive Sergeant Sur­man said.

“There is no in­tel­li­gence sug­gest­ing there is a huge in­flux of notes and af­ter the last in­ci­dent peo­ple are more in­clined to re­port it.”

The fake $50 notes found in South Perth.

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