Police warn of fake $50 notes circulating on the Gold Coast

Police are urging Gold Coasters to keep a close eye out for counterfeit $50 notes with reports of a number of fake notes doing the rounds.

It comes after an Upper Coomera couple was duped while selling an iPhone on Gumtree.

The buyer paid $650 in cash for the phone before the couple realised the notes were fake.


Police are calling on people to take the time to look at your notes when doing transactions and ensure you confirm your money is not counterfeit.

If you suspect a note you are given is counterfeit you are within your rights to not accept it and report the suspect to police as soon as possible.

Two counterfeit $50 notes. Photo: QPS

Police say there are several things people can look out for when they receive suspect cash.

  • Hold up to the light to see a seven-pointed star and the Australian Coat of Arms
  • Tilt to see the bird’s wings move and change colour, and the number change direction
  • Check clear window is part of the banknote
  • Use a UV light to see features fluoresce
  • Tilt to see a rolling colour effect
  • Use a UV light to see features fluoresce
  • Check the serial numbers on the banknote

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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