TAMWORTH business owners have been urged to remain vigilant after counterfeit notes were reportedly found at the weekend.
The $100 note was found at a Tamworth business, with the Oxley Police District urging business owners to check the authenticity of notes being passed.
One business reported coming across two within 24 hours.
Police have urged residents to check the following:
Plastic: Australian banknotes are printed on plastic and have a distinct feel. A suspect banknote may feel excessively thick or thin compared to a genuine banknote. It is difficult to start a tear along the edge of a genuine banknote. You can also try scrunching the banknote in your hand – a genuine banknote should spring back.
A coat of Arms
Look for the star: Diamond-shaped patterns are printed inside a circle on both sides of the banknote. If you hold the banknote up to the light, the patterns should line up perfectly to form a seven-pointed star.
The clear window: Check that the white image printed on the window cannot be easily rubbed off. Also look for the embossing – there is a wave pattern in the window of the $10 banknote, and the value of the banknote in the windows of $20, $50 and $100 banknotes.
If you come across a banknote that you suspect is counterfeit report the matter immediately to State or Federal police.