Police warn on counterfeit $20s

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Bridgetown officer-in-charge Sgt Phil Nation holds out the counterfeit notes found at the beginning of the year.
Camera IconBridgetown officer-in-charge Sgt Phil Nation holds out the counterfeit notes found at the beginning of the year. Credit: Holly Thompson

A counterfeit $20 note has been found in the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes, which police believe was left over from a batch of counterfeit notes seized at the beginning of the year.

The notes have distinctive blue symbols on the lower right-hand corner, but Bridgetown officer-in-charge Sgt Phil Nation said the markings could easily be missed.

A close-up for the counterfeit notes.
Camera IconA close-up for the counterfeit notes. Credit: Holly Thompson

“If someone were to hand you the note while covering the corner with the writing it would be very difficult to spot it as a fake,” he said.

“We urge businesses to be vigilant when receiving $20 bills from customers and we also urge customers to look out for the symbols in any change they receive.”

Sgt Nation said police had found about $1000 in counterfeit $20 notes at a home in Greenbushes and believed the note found last week was from the same source.

“The business who received the counterfeit note did not realise at first but did well to remember who handed them the note,” he said.

“In this instance, we believe this person did not intentionally hand over the counterfeit note but was merely unlucky and in the wrong place at the wrong time to end up with it in the first place.”

Police are unsure of how many counterfeit notes are still out in the community and have urged people outside the Bridgetown-Greenbushes area to keep an eye out.

“We have no idea how far these notes have reached but it is possible they have travelled quite a distance,” Sgt Nation said.

“Anyone who finds one should contact Bridgetown police or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.”

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