Police warning over fake £50 notes

Enniskillen PSNI Station RMGFH07

Police in Fermanagh have issued a strong warning to businesses and shoppers after receiving reports of fake £50 notes being circulated in the county.

“Police would take this opportunity to ask business owners and employees to be vigilant when handling money,” said a Fermanagh PSNI spokesman. “These notes are proving hard to detect and do not show up with money tester pens.”


The spokesman added it was important that staff have the right tools and knowledge to detect fake notes in order to protect your business. There said there are a number of things to look out for:

• Does the main printing feel raised?
• Can you see a bold and clear watermark when the note is held up to the light?
• Does the note feel crisp and not limp, waxy or shiny?
• Is the print clear, sharp and well defined?
• Are the colours clear and distinct? Compare the suspect note against a note which is known to be genuine.
• Is the security thread continuous when the note is held up to the light?

There are also a number of steps which can be taken to raise awareness among customers and also to deter criminals.

• Display clear warning signs stating: – ‘COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY CHECKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT’
• Ensure store staff are aware of how to examine notes.
• Have a policy for your staff to follow on discovery of a counterfeit note. This should include the retention of the note and contacting the police, with a description of the person passing the suspect banknote.
Ensure there are good lighting conditions at cash points.

If you believe you’ve received a counterfeit note, contact police on the non-emergency number, 101.

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