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Traders warned after fake notes used at Bromsgrove KFC
11:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Local
BROMSGROVE police investigating the use of forged notes in the town are warning businesses to be on their guard.
A total of 16 counterfeit £20 notes were discovered at the KFC restaurant in Charford Road, over the weekend of August 17 and 18.
They were discovered after staff cashed up and it is believed they were used to pay for meals over a 48 hour period.
Police are studying CCTV footage in a bid to identify the offenders.
PC Samantha Moore said: “We don’t know of any other businesses which have been targeted with these fake notes but traders in the area need to be aware this has happened and to remain vigilant.
“We would ask people to check notes before they accept them as payment.
“Traders should use whatever devices are at their disposal, such as ultraviolet light scanners, to ensure the authenticity of £20 Bank of England notes and to closely check the security features on them.
“Some of these counterfeit notes are very good but can be easily identified as fakes when compared alongside a note known to be genuine.”
Other features to identify Bank of England notes include checking the metallic thread that is embedded in every English banknote, that in addition to the Queen’s portrait there should be a £20 or £50 symbol on higher value notes, ensuring there is raised printing, and checking notes have a holographic foil image that will change colour and image when you tilt it.
For more details on bank note security features visit bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Documents/kyb_lo_res.pdf.
Anyone with information relating to the investigation of the forged notes used in Bromsgrove is asked to call PC Moore on non-emergency number 101, quoting incident reference number 719-S-170813.
Details can also be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
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