Waroona shop out of pocket after fake note used


Senior Sergeant Jeff Taylor with the counterfeit notes
Senior Sergeant Jeff Taylor with the counterfeit notes

FAKE $50 notes have been used at shops around WA, prompting a police warning today.

A $50 note was found at an IGA in Waroona yesterday and two were used at Watertown in Perth.

Waroona Senior Sergeant Jeff Taylor said the Waroona IGA manager alerted him to the fake note.

“He noticed it felt weird,” he said.

“I’ve seen fake notes before but never had to charge anyone with possessing them.”

Snr Sgt Taylor said they also received a fake $10 note in March.

The $10 was used to buy fundraiser raffle tickets.

He encouraged people to check their $50s.

“The IGA is out of pocket $50 now,” he said.

Banks will not swap fake notes for real ones.

Fake 50

“The person holding it is the person out of pocket,” Sgt Taylor said.

Sgt Taylor said people will often buy items of low value with the fake notes and take home the change.

The person who had the fake $50 used it to buy a pack of cigarettes.

He was caucasian, with a right arm sleeve tattoo and was wearing a grey shirt that said ‘famous’ in black writing.

Think you have a fake note? Do some checks

– Try scrunching the note, real plastic notes do not stay scrunched up

– The clear window will feature the Southern Cross star

– Real notes are thicker and do not rip easily

– Look for the six-point star, when holding the banknote to the light, the diamond patterns will line up perfectly to form a seven-point star.