Officer-in-charge Darren Wynne said the number of people using counterfeit bills to dupe young employees had risen recently across the metropolitan area.
He said counterfeit $50 notes had been produced, identifiable by a more paper-like material used to make the notes, clear contact used to make the clear windows and the stars on the window uneven and made of thin paper.
‘Once you have more than a casual look at the note it will look fake and if unsure, scrunch the note in your hand because if it scrunches like paper and doesn’t rebound like real notes do, it should confirm your suspicion,’ Senior Sergeant Wynne said.
‘Businesses need to look out for customers seeking to make small purchases using large currency notes and if the colour or appearance of notes appears unusual or blurred or have an unusual texture or feel.
‘Staff should decline to accept the note and attempt to have police contacted while the person is still in the store.
‘Should the person leave, pay attention to their physical description, clothing and direction of travel and notify police immediately.’
Sgt Wynne said another offence that occured on a regular basis was thefts from businesses.
He said there had been a large number of offences where people steal staff handbags and valuables from behind counters and in staff rooms.
‘Police ask all business operators and staff to remain vigilant and take appropriate precautions to minimise the risk of personal items being stolen,’ he said.