Take note of warning
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.