Amanda Balmer

Warwick on watch for fake notes

WARWICK Acting Senior Sergeant Shane Reid says Rose City businesses should remain vigilant after recent reports of counterfeit cash in Toowoomba and on the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Police District and the Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad issued a warning on Tuesday after reports of fake $10 and $50 notes being produced on the Gold Coast.

This followed a warning from Toowoomba detectives last week after there were several reports of counterfeit $50 and $100 notes being produced in the region.

Acting Senior Sergeant Reid said there were no reports of counterfeit cash circulating in Warwick, but he did advise business owners to be on the lookout.

"If it's in nearby areas, there's no reason why Warwick mightn't be targeted as well," Acting Senior Sergeant Reid said.

"If anyone is suspect about a note they've been handed, they could ask the question.

"In most cases, the person will take it back and leave.

"If the note has been handed over, note the description of the person and any other details they may have left, such as if they were lay-buying an item."

Acting Senior Sergeant Reid said the biggest difference in counterfeit cash was generally the feel.

"In many cases, counterfeit notes have more of a paper feel than plastic," he said. "There are quite a lot of printing devices that can produce quality notes."

For more information, visit afp.gov.au or rba.gov.au.



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