After a fake note was given to a Griffith business on Friday, Police are renewing their calls for MIA shops to keep an eye out for counterfeit cash.
Inspector Nick Seddon from Murrumbidgee Police District said the fake money was popping up across the MIA, with several finds in Leeton over the last month.
“Make sure you are always checking the feel and look of the money you are receiving, and make sure you are familiar with how to identify what’s real and what is fake,” Inspector Seddon said.
Things to look out for when identifying the real money from fake counterparts:
- What is it made out of: Australian banknotes are printed on plastic and have a distinct feel. If a banknote feels excessively thick or thin compared to a genuine banknote, it is most likely a counterfeit. It is difficult to tear along the edge of a genuine banknote. A genuine banknote should spring back if you scrunch it up.
- Look for the coat of arms: If you hold the banknote to the light, you should see the Australian Coat of Arms.
- Look for the star: there are diamond-shaped patterns printed on the inside of the circle on both sides of the banknote. If you hold the banknote up to the light, the patterns should line up perfectly to form a seven-pointed star.
- Check the clear window: The clear window will be an integral part of the banknote, not an addition. Check that the white image printed on the window cannot be easily rubbed off.
- Embossing: there is a wave pattern in the window of the $10 banknote, and the value of the banknote in the windows of $20, $50 and $100 banknotes
If you have any information on the fake currency, contact Griffith Police Station on 6969 4299 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Alternatively, you can use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
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