Griffith Local Area Command Chief Inspector John Wadsworth is warning the MIA community to be wary of fake money, after a counterfeit note was presented to a MIA business last week.
A bill was handed to a business on Accacia Avenue in Leeton on Saturday, sparking the warning to businesses.
“Just be really careful handling money and make sure you have the real notes, especially if you are receiving large denominations,” Chief Inspector Wadsworth said.
“We had a reported case last week in Leeton, so we ask everyone to be careful and let us know if they have received or come in contact with any more fake notes.”
Things to look out for when identifying the real money from fake counterparts:
- What is it made out of: Australian banknotes are printed on plastic and have a distinct feel. If a banknote feels excessively thick or thin compared to a genuine banknote, it is most likely a counterfeit. It is difficult to tear along the edge of a genuine banknote. A genuine banknote should spring back if you scrunch it up.
- Look for the coat of arms: If you hold the banknote to the light, you should see the Australian Coat of Arms.
- Look for the star: there are diamond-shaped patterns printed on the inside of the circle on both sides of the banknote. If you hold the banknote up to the light, the patterns should line up perfectly to form a seven-pointed star.
- Check the clear window: The clear window will be an integral part of the banknote, not an addition. Check that the white image printed on the window cannot be easily rubbed off.
- Embossing: there is a wave pattern in the window of the $10 banknote, and the value of the banknote in the windows of $20, $50 and $100 banknotes.
If you have any information on the fake currency, contact Griffith Police Station on 6969 4299 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Alternatively, you can use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.