Police are warning businesses in South East Qld to be on the lookout for dodgy, counterfeit notes with fraudsters targeting shops during the busy Christmas period.
Detectives said offenders appear to be taking a liking to fast food outlets and service stations – paying for a small purchase with a fake fifty dollar note.
As a result of the increase in the use of counterfeit notes, police have launched operation Oscar Commit to crack down on those responsible.
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Already, police have charged a 43-year-old man from Kallangur with two counts of possessing counterfeit money, uttering counterfeit money and possession of a dangerous drug.
He was arrested on November 23 after allegedly being found with 290 counterfeit $50 notes.
Detective Senior Sergeant Anthony Green said it’s often easy to become a target during the holiday period.
“Obviously this is a busy time of the year and it is easy to become a target which is unfortunate for what often is a small family business.”
“We are aware people can inadvertently receive these notes in change. Check $50 notes and if you think you have been given a fake $50 note, report it to police.
Tips to spot counterfeit notes:
1. Is it plastic: You can scrunch the banknote in your hand and a genuine banknote should spring back
2. Look for the Coat of Arms: If you hold the banknote to the light, you should see the Austalian Coast of Arms
3. Look for the star: Diamond-shaped patterns are printed inside a 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.
4. Check the clear window: It should be an integral part of the banknote not an addition.