Counterfeit currency in circulation in Canberra

ACT Policing is urging the community to be on the lookout for counterfeit notes.

In the last month police have received several reports of counterfeit notes being used in the ACT.

The notes identified are similar and quite distinctive. They are superimposed with Chinese characters, printed on lower quality paper and 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.”

Persons found to be unlawfully possessing or using counterfeit currency face imprisonment of up to 12 years.

Further information about counterfeit currency can be found on the AFP and Reserve Bank of Australia websites.

Police are urging anyone who may have any information that could assist police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.

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