Police warn businesses to be wary of counterfeit cash

DON"T BE FOOLED: Browns Plains Police Senior Sergeant Michael Leafe.
DON"T BE FOOLED: Browns Plains Police Senior Sergeant Michael Leafe.

COUNTERFEIT $50 notes have been circulated in Logan suburbs including Greenbank, Hillcrest, Park Ridge, Waterford West, Browns Plains and Beaudesert at least 23 times since July, according to police.

This has prompted a warning for businesses to be vigilant with 85 cases of counterfeit cash reported to police in the Logan district since January 1, 2018.

A Queensland Police Service spokesperson said business should record a description of people using suspicious money and call police.

“Some of the common things people notice are the quality of the picture on the note, the colour, or the little window on the note. Those are usually good indications.

“Close inspections should be made by retailers prior to accepting the notes.

“Business owners are also asked to isolate CCTV video of the person they believe handed them the note to allow a thorough investigation to take place.”

Counterfeit cash has also been reported in Meadowbrook, Beenleigh, Springwood, Marsden, Kingston and Underwood in July.

Anyone who suspects they have received a counterfeit note should touch it as little as possible and send it to police in an envelope.

For more information on how to detect counterfeit currency visit the Reserve Bank of Australia’s guide.

If you have information which can assist police call Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.