Warning on counterfeit £20 notes
TRADERS and shoppers have been warned to watch out for fake £20 notes in circulation.
The bills, which have appeared in Ashford and the rest of Kent, are poor imitations but some have still been fooled by them, police say.
Ashford Licensing officer PC Dave Griffiths said: “The notes are poor quality counterfeits and it appears they have been ink-jetted on to low quality paper.
“Despite this a number of premises have accepted them.
“I urge all retailers to check £20 notes carefully and if they are passed any counterfeits to retain them and contact us.”
Some of the recovered duds have the same serial numbers AD75 507125 and some end with 8880.
Fake £20 notes have been circulated in Ashford over the last year with previous reports last spring and autumn.
Last October two High Street shops, The Chocolate Box and Goldrush Jewellery revealed that they had been passed the duds.
Previous victims included a number of businesses at Ashford Retail Park and The Fair Trade Shop in Kennington.
A common trick by crooks is to use the dud notes to buy items for £1 or less and gain an instant £19plus profit when given change.
If you are in possession of a forgery contact South Kent Police on 01303 289180, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.