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WARNING FAKE BANK NOTES

Alert message sent 08/10/2018 14:11:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


Police are receiving reports that fake £50 notes are being are being used in the Burford area today 08/10/2018 
offenders are entering shops and business and trying to purchase items under £5 with £50 notes.

In order to find out if a £50 note is genuine, police says it is best to check some of the key security features which are present in the notes.

These include:

  • a serial of green rectangles which contain a £ symbol and number 50. Movement can be seen when the note is tilted or moved.

In the counterfeits there are just green printed squares - these have no detail or movement.

  • a watermark, which contain a picture of the Queen with a bright, contrasting £50.

The counterfeits appear to contain a watermark: Queen and £50, however, there is no contrast between them.

  • a raised printed ‘Bank of England’ text across the note and in the lower right corner.

The counterfeits do not have raised print.

For further information on how to check your banknotes are genuine, see the Bank of England website: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Pages/educational.aspx

Any person with information about persons passing counterfeit notes are asked to contact their local police station (via 101) or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Message sent by
Helen Keen (Police, PCSO, West Oxfordshire LPA)

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