Counterfeit notes are being circulated in Canberra, with police warning business owners not to accept notes that don’t look legitimate.
ACT Policing states that in the past month police have received several reports of counterfeit notes being used in the ACT.
The counterfeit notes identified are similar and quite distinctive. They are printed on low-quality paper and are superimposed with Chinese characters. They also do not have serial numbers or the other security features that appear on genuine Australian currency.
The notes are manufactured for use as a training aid and are purchased online.
Community and Safety Acting Superintendent Matthew Craft said business owners and members of the public should be vigilant and take the time to inspect notes.
“Take the time to look at the note, if you aren’t satisfied that the note is legitimate don’t accept it,” said Acting Superintendent Craft.
“If you receive a banknote you believe is counterfeit, try to handle it as little as possible to preserve fingerprints. Note the description of the person who gave it to you and contact police on 131 444.”
People found to be unlawfully possessing or using counterfeit currency can face imprisonment of up to 12 years.
Police urge anyone who has information that could assist them to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.