Beware of fake bank notes
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.