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.
– PC Alan Taylor
“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."
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.