Belfast Telegraph

Warning issued to public over fake banknotes circulating in Newcastle area of Co Down

By William Cherry

Police are warning traders and the public to be on the lookout for counterfeit banknotes circulating in the Newcastle area of Co Down.

They are advising shopkeepers and other businesses who handle currency to check all notes and to contact them if they suspect they have come into contact with counterfeit money.

Officers say that there are a number of tell-tale signs to fake banknotes that members of the public can look out for.

The main printing on the note will feel raised, the watermark will not be bold or clear, and the security thread will not be continuous when it is held up to the light.

The colours on the fraudulent notes may also not be clear and distinct.

A simple test for people would be to compare a note they think may be fraudulent with a bank note they know to be genuine.

Detectives ask anyone who may have any information about counterfeit currency to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

Or, if someone would prefer to provide information anonymously, they can contact the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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