Forged notes show up
Police are warning shoppers to be wary of counterfeit notes after offenders have introduced them at supermarkets.
A man was photographed in Foodtown Three Kings on May 14 using the illegal notes and in Foodtown Mt Eden on May 4 and 5.
Warren Strand of New Lynn police says other $50 and $100 notes have surfaced at Foodtown Te Atatu, Foodtown Papatoetoe, Foodtown Onehunga, Countdown Mangere and Countdown Mangere Mall.
Progressive Enterprises loss prevention officer Paul McNickle says the supermarkets have now instituted a policy whereby all $100 and $50 notes presented at checkouts will be checked by a supervisor.
Mr Strand says there have also been counterfeit notes introduced recently in west Auckland.
He says efforts to stop the notes circulating have been a moderate success.
“Mostly retailers will pick them up.”
He says offenders will present the note for a small purchase to try to acquire genuine change.
If anyone believes they may have a counterfeit note they should contact their local police station or call Sgt Megan Dalton on 631-11026.
Look out: This man has been presenting counterfeit notes at Foodtown Three Kings and Foodtown Mt Eden.