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Scottish Borders businesses warned of counterfeit money

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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”.

It is a criminal offence to hold or pass a note that you know to be counterfeit. I would ask the public to be aware of the recent circulation of counterfeit currency, and to check any paper notes they have received lately to ensure they are legitimate.

If anyone suspects they have been handed or found a fake bank note, they should retain it and contact the police immediately.

– PC Alan Curran, from Haddington Police station

Counterfeit £50 notes circulating in Hawick

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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.


Fake money probe: Man sought

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

Forged notes in Cumbria

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:

“In light of the recent incidents involving counterfeit notes we are urging members of the public and business owners to be vigilant against accepting notes of a suspicious nature. If retailers are concerned that currency may be counterfeit we advise them not to accept it and report the matter to the Police.

“We are coming into an extremely busy time of year for our area with people taking the opportunity to visit the area during the school holidays and opportunistic criminals see this as a time to target businesses. In order to be prepared police are encouraging businesses to consider using Counterfeit Currency Pens so on the spot checks can be made."

– PC Alan Taylor

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.