Police are conducting an investigation after a counterfeit $100 note was used to purchase goods from Aldi in Griffith.
The fake note was allegedly used by a customer at the Aldi store between 2pm and 6pm on February 16.
The employee who served the person did not notice any irregularities, but later in the afternoon a manager noted it was too heavy to be a real note.
The incident was reported to police, who seized the counterfeit note and are conducting an investigation into the matter.
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The person who used the note has not been identified.
In 2019, Murrumbidgee Police issued a reminder to local residents to double check all notes they use and receive are genuine.
Some examples of things to look out for when distinguishing real money from fake counterparts included:
- 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.
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