COUNTERFEIT $50 bills are again circulating in Bathurst, the second crop to emerge in just over one month.
In early June, police warned retailers to be on the look out for fake bills after two were picked up in the CBD; after being presented at two separate retailers, a fast food restaurant and a department store.
This week, police again wanted retailers to be vigilant after more fakenotes were detected.
Detective Chief Inspector Colin Cracknell, acting Crime Manager within Chifley LAC said a number of storeshave become the victim of the counterfeit currency.
Of the fake notes recovered, Detective Inspector Cracknell saidthey were“smaller than the real thing and quite faded” however, were still of reasonable quality.
Like last month, the fake bills have been presented at fast food outlets as well as a club and petrol station.
Detective Inspector Cracknell said they notes weren’t detected as fake at the time, but discovered later in the night when the retailers were closing.
Typically counterfeit notes are either $50 or $100 in currency and exchanged for items of small value, to maximise the amount of legitimate currency received as change.
Fast food outlets, due to the young age of many staff and the speed at which customers are served, and bars, clubs and hotels where lighting is poor are often popular targets.
Detective Inspector Cracknell said an easy wayfor everyone to check the legitimacy of a note was to crush it in their hand.
“A real note will bounce back; if it doesn’t it is probably a fake, because they aren’tmade out of the same material.
“If you take a legal note and crush it it flattens out pretty much straight away, but a fake note will stay crumpled.”
He said if retailers were concerned about a note to refuse it as payment.
InSydney some retailers and clubs used a a special blacklight on notes which determined it’sauthenticity, but Detective Inspector Cracknell said on advice from the Australian Federal Police, one of the easiest ways to test a note’s authenticity is the crunch test.
“You can also look for obviousdifferences such as colour and textureplus the clear security windowtends to be different,” he said.
Anyone who suspects they have received fake currency should contact Bathurst police n 6332 8699.
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