Please be aware of $50 counterfeit notes that are in circulation and have been used in pubs, cafes/takeaways and supermarkets in the Gympie area over the last week.
The offenders are attempting to buy goods or ask staff to change the note for smaller notes. Fortunately some staff have refused due to them thinking that the money was fake.
The notes are described to be:
- Rougher texture (first thing usually noticed)
- Slightly faded in colour.
- Clear glittery edges on the note.
- When scrunched the note creases (unlike the real note) and a fine powdery residue comes off on your hand making the note look glitterier.
- The notes get rejected by the pokie machines and don’t feed so that is often the excuse to get the note changed at the counter.
As you can see above, the notes look quite authentic with the symbols/windows recreated well.
If in doubt the quickest way to detect is to do the scrunch test: try scrunching the banknote in your hand – a genuine banknote should spring back.
If you believe the note is a fake and if it is safe to do so, please record the suspect’s description and vehicle, save and copy any CCTV footage and report it to police.
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 crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.