Counterfeit £20 note passed to Brigg business
Police have issued a new warning to the public and traders about counterfeit a large number of £20 notes being used across northern Lincolnshire over the past few days.
A shop in Brigg has already been offered - and unwittingly accepted - a dud.
The customer concerned is described as being a young man in his 20s with dark hair.
The police message to traders is: Please check all the £20 notes being paid to you by customers.
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On Monday (December 3) police in Scunthorpe were called after commercial premises on Cemetery Road, Glebe Road and Everest Road were approached by people attempting to purchase items using fraudulent £20 notes.
Alert members of staff did not take the money.
On Tuesday, somebody attempted to use a counterfeit £20 note in Freshney Place, Grimsby, and in a local shop in Humberston.
Detective Inspector Paul Welton said: "It is important that commercial premises across North and North East Lincolnshire and the surrounding area check that all £20 notes that are handed to them are not counterfeit.
"It has been reported to police that there are a large number of these notes in circulation in Lincolnshire and they are very good imitations, that may only be spotted by use of a specialist pen or machine, which I would encourage businesses to use.
"It is not known at this time if the people using the £20 notes in North and North East Lincolnshire are the same people.
"Anyone who may suspect somebody of using these notes are asked to call police on 101 immediately. The use of these can be costly to businesses and police want to catch those people responsible as quickly as possible."
Humberside Police say counterfeit notes are rare, but it is important that people remain vigilant at all times.
They suggest traders should try to use more than one method to check if notes are genuine.
Things to check on a bank note include the feel of the paper, the raised print, the metalic thread and the watermark.
It is a criminal offence to hold on to, or pass on, counterfeit notes. They are worthless.
If you suspect you have a counterfeit note, call police immediately on 101.