Counterfeit cash warning

TAYSIDE Police is again warning retailers, businesses and members of the public to be on their guard against the use of counterfeit money.

The force has received numerous reports with regard to counterfeit cash in £20, £10 and £5 denominations being offered as legal tender. People should be vigilant over banknotes they are offered or receive as legal tender and contact the police if they are handed a note they suspect to be counterfeit.

There are a number of simple checks that can go some way to verifying a genuine bank note.

Points to consider include: paper - genuine notes are printed on a fine cotton weave which has a very different feel from ordinary paper; watermark - to check the watermark hold the paper up to the light. Real notes will have the watermark in the paper; clarity of printing - under close scrutiny the detail of fake notes may look messy and lack the detail that can be seen in real notes; quality of printing - real notes are printed on ‘intaglio’ presses which raise the ink off the paper and give it a unique textured feel; metal thread - sometimes counterfeiters try to ‘hot foil’ a strip onto the note, but on any real note this should run through the paper; hologram - real notes will have a high quality hologram; serial numbers - genuine notes have individual serial numbers, so if two or more of your notes have the same numbers then they’re fake.

Police advise that it may be prudent, especially for small businesses without the huge turnover of larger ones, to try and check all notes with a detector pen or a counter top detector. They can also compare the note tendered with a genuine note.