IF THE currency seems dodgy, don't accept it.
That is the message from Dalby police after three people were charged for producing counterfeit cash in the Western Downs.
Officers intercepted a vehicle between Dalby and Tara last month, and located 16 $50 notes which had the same serial number.
The counterfeit notes were in an incomplete stage of production.
Detective Sergeant Damian Hayes said fake notes were being easily passed at busy locations.
"It is pretty advanced," Sgt Hayes said. "Once they've been scrunched up and used, they can be easily passed off."
Sgt Hayes said the technology had allowed the notes to become harder to detect.
"Some of them aren't being picked up until they hit the bank," Sgt Hayes said.
South West District Detective Inspector David Austin said service stations and small retailers were at high risk of encountering counterfeit money.
"The $50 note is being used because it is the highest denomination that is used regularly," Insp Austin said.
"These offenders are going to be deliberately targeting retailers when they are at their busiest, when they are tired and when their guard is down."
Insp Austin said a number of features could help identify a counterfeit banknote.
He says if people see the serial numbers EK10698138, BE09819798 or NA093400080, they should immediately contact police.
Residents and retailers should also check to make sure the note is plastic.
Australian bank notes are printed on plastic and have a distinct feel.
Detecting dodgy notes
- Fake notes can have tears and will not regain their shape after being crumpled.
- You can try scrunching the banknote in your hand, a genuine banknote should spring back.
- Another way to determine if a note is real is look for the Australian Coat of Arms, which should be seen when holding it to the light.
- Looking for the seven-pointed star will also be a giveaway if someone is trying to use a fake note.
- 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 at the corner of the note should be symmetrical.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.