Counterfeit money warnings, Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch is warning local businesses and members of the community to be vigilant after the recent appearance and use of counterfeit currency.

Officers are investigating several reports of people distributing counterfeit $50 notes on the Sunshine Coast in Wurtulla, Currimundi, Aroona and Kawana Waters.

Detective Senior Sergeant Darren Edwards is urging business owners and community members to be mindful and check the quality of the $50 notes in particular.

“In many of the transactions involving counterfeit notes we are seeing use of paper, rather than the proper polymer,” Detective Senior Sergeant Edwards said.

“The notes will rip easily and there may be some businesses who have received the notes and are yet to notify police,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Edwards.

More information on detecting counterfeit notes can be viewed on the Reserve Bank of Australia website:

Anyone who may have any information concerning the manufacturing or distribution of these notes is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or 24hrs a day.

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