SAPOL is urging those who use cash to be vigilant in checking their notes following a recent surge in counterfeiting.
So far this month, Police have received over 50 reports of counterfeit $50 notes being passed at retail businesses and hotels across metropolitan and regional areas, including in Murray Bridge.
While the notes are convincing, there are certain defective features including the seven-pointed star being out of alignment and the coat of arms not being visible when the note is held to a light source.
On Thursday 15 April, Detectives from Barossa CIB arrested a 48-year-old man from Stockport and a 45-year-old woman from Stockport and charged them with uttering a counterfeit note.
Police are requesting businesses to remain vigilant in relation to receiving counterfeit bank notes and if they receive a counterfeit note to secure the note in an envelope or paper bag and request police assistance line 131 444.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au - you can remain anonymous.
More information on detecting counterfeit notes can be found here, https://banknotes.rba.gov.au/counterfeit-detection/counterfeit-detection-guide/
Photo SAPOL, supplied