Police are warning businesses in the Scottish Borders to watch out for counterfeit money.
Since the start of this week, there have been three reports of fake bank notes being used at shops throughout East Lothian and the Borders.
On Monday, 23 May, two shops were targeted in Dunbar and North Berwick.
On the following day a store in Coldstream confirmed it had also received counterfeit currency.
On each occasion, the notes were reported to be of a “high-quality”, and appeared legitimate on first sight.
The notes are all Bank of England £20 notes, with either the serial number “AH03 269110” or “HH11 227632”.
Police in the Scottish Borders are urging businesses in Hawick to be vigilant after local officers were made aware of counterfeit bank notes being circulated.
The Royal Bank of Scotland on the High Street contacted police on Tuesday after discovering three separate £50 notes, which had been deposited by different businesses in the region.
All three notes are of good paper quality but have the same serial number – FF09258657.
Businesses within Hawick and the surrounding area are asked to carefully examine the notes they are offered and report any other incidents of fraudulent currency to police immediately.
Anyone with information that can help find the source of the notes is asked to contact police.
Police in Carlisle have released CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to regarding some counterfeit currency.
At around 11:45 am on Wednesday 22nd August counterfeit currency was presented at a newsagent in The Market, Carlisle.
Police would like trace the man wearing a grey coat, who had short dark hair, who is seen approaching the counter at The Paper Shop newsagent, as shown in the footage.
Police are asking anyone who recognises this person, to contact Carlisle Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Cumbria police are warning businesses to be vigilant after a number of forged £20.00 notes have been found circulating in the Keswick and Cockermouth areas.
PC Alan Taylor from Cumbria police said in a statement:
Police also urge local businesses to encourage all of their staff to check any notes. For advice on how to spot a forged bank note click here.