Businesses warned after duo try to spend £1,000 in fake bank notes

Businesses and shoppers are being warned after a duo attempted to spend £1,000 of counterfeit money.

Businesses and shoppers are being warned after a duo attempted to spend £1,000 of counterfeit money. - Credit: Archant

Businesses and shoppers are being warned after a duo attempted to spend £1,000 of counterfeit money.

On Tuesday, February 11, two men went into WH Smith in New Market, Beccles, at 2.30pm and tried to buy more than £1,000 worth of goods with fake Scottish bank notes.

Every note was found to be counterfeit.

Police are now urging shoppers and businesses to always check their bank notes, noting that paper £20 and £50 notes are most likely to be faked.

The two men are described as having Irish accents and being about five foot and nine inches tall. They had dark hair and were wearing heavy black coats.


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Police advice for dealing with bank notes states: "It is a criminal offence to hold or to pass on a bank note that you know to be counterfeit.

"If you think you have a counterfeit bank note, you must take it to the police as soon as you can. They will provide you with a receipt and send the counterfeit to the Bank of England for analysis."

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If you have information about counterfeit bank notes, please contact the police or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can read the police's full advice here.

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