Warning be on the lookout for Counterfeit $50 Circulating in the Moreton Bay Region

Queensland Police have issued a warning to everyone to be on the lookout for counterfeit 50 dollar notes that have been detected circulating in the Moreton Bay Region.

Several methods of distribution have also been identified with those offending are entering shops or ordering on line or via the phone for a variety of products and using the counterfeit fifty dollar notes to pay for the items.

Police say that the counterfeit notes that these offenders are circulating are described as having glitter-like sparkles in the clear window.

In the below two images, the edging of the counterfeit note appears tattered  from being cut with the texture of the counterfeit note appears to be thinner and more paper-like.

Moreton police are urging all business owners to be vigilant and inspect any $50 and $100 note that is handed to them.


The Reserve Bank of Australia has provided the following information on their website to help you detect whether the $50 note is counterfeit money:

Feel the banknote: Australian banknotes are printed on plastic and have a distinct feel. The dark printing is produced with a special raised ink that can be felt with your finger.

Check the clear window: The clear window should be part of the banknote and not an addition. Check that the white image of the Southern Cross cannot be easily rubbed off and look for the clear embossing of the number ‘50’.

Look for the star: Diamond-shaped patterns are printed inside a circle on each side of the banknote. When the banknote is held up to the light, the patterns should line up perfectly to form a seven-pointed star.

Check the shadow image: A hidden image of the Australian Coat of Arms to the right of Unaipon’s portrait can be seen when the banknote is held up to the light.

Look for the micro-printing: Under a magnifying glass you will see tiny, clearly defined words that read ‘FIFTY DOLLARS’.

If you have any concerns in relation to the authenticity of the notes, please do not hesitate to call Policelink on 13 14 44 or if you have information in relation to the processing of the counterfeit notes please contact Policelink or Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000.

You can read lots more information about counterfeit notes on the Reserve Bank of Australia website.

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