Warning: Counterfeit $50 and $100 notes in circulation

Robina Police have taken possession of a number of counterfeit $50 and $100 notes in the last two weeks.

Senior Sergeant Andrew Frick is encouraging members of the public to aware of possible counterfeit notes when buying or selling items. Some are very realistic and can be quite hard to detect.

If you think a note handed to you feels or looks odd, refuse it and ask the customer or retailer to provide another form of payment. If a counterfeit note comes into your possession, contact the police immediately and take the note into your local police station. It will be sent to the Australian Federal Police for analysis however, a refund will not be given.

To avoid becoming a victim of fraud, the Reserve Bank of Australia has released helpful tips.

Is it plastic?

Australian banknotes are printed on plastic and have a distinct feel. A suspect banknote may feel excessively thick or thin compared to a genuine banknote. It is difficult to start a tear along the edge of a genuine banknote. You can also try scrunching the banknote in your hand – a genuine banknote should spring back.

Look for the coast of arms

If you hold the banknote to the light, you should see the Australian Coat of Arms.

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.

Check the clear window

The clear window should be an integral part of the banknote and not an addition. Check that the white image printed on the window cannot be easily rubbed off. Also look for the 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.

Feel the dark printing

It is produced with a special raised ink that can be felt with your finger.

Check the print quality

The background printing should be sharp. Check for irregularities such as less clearly defined patterns, thicker or thinner lines, or colour differences.

Look for mircoprinting

Under a magnifying glass you will see tiny, clearly defined words on the top left corner of the $5 banknote and near the portraits on the other banknotes.

Look at the banknote under UV light

Most of the banknote should not fluoresce. The exceptions are the serial numbers, a patch on the $5 banknote and a patch on the $20, $50 and $100 banknotes that also shows the value (e.g. 50)

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.

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