Be­ware of fake bank notes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Po­lice are urg­ing shop­pers, shops and su­per­mar­kets to be alert for coun­ter­feit bank notes.

They have re­ceived sev­eral re­ports re­cently of coun­ter­feit bank notes be­ing used at re­tail­ers around the North Is­land.

The notes have been $20, $50 and $100 de­nom­i­na­tions.

Typ­i­cally the of­fend­ers have gone into shops and su­per­mar­kets, bought a small item us­ing a large-de­nom­i­na­tion note and then re­ceived le­git­i­mate cash change.

Se­nior Sergeant Simon King of the Welling­ton Dis­trict Com­mand Cen­tre said re­tail­ers should watch out for the prac­tice.

For in­for­ma­tion to help iden­tify coun­ter­feit notes, visit the Re­serve Bank of New Zealand web­site at rbnz.govt.nz and look un­der ‘‘notes and coins’’.

King said if re­tail­ers were sus­pi­cious, they should con­sider re­fus­ing to ac­cept the note, record the de­scrip­tion of the per­son of­fer­ing it and the num­ber plate and de­scrip­tion of the ve­hi­cle used by the per­son, and call po­lice, prefer­ably while the per­son is still in or near the shop.

Re­tail­ers should also con­sider their own safety first when deal­ing with such peo­ple.

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