Counterfeit note warning

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Police in Coleraine are appealing to traders and members of the public to be wary of counterfeit notes which are believed to be circulating in the area.

The advice comes as police investigate the report of a female passing suspected counterfeit currency in a Ballycastle shop on Tuesday, October 22.

Police suspect that the female may have visited a number of shops in the Ballycastle, Coleraine and Portrush areas on that Tuesday and are appealing for the help of traders in identifying her.

The female is described as aged in her early thirties, approximately 5’5” in height with thin build. She has dark hair which was worn in a pony tail, wore large “claddagh style” earrings and spoke with a Belfast accent. Local traders are asked to contact police if they believe that a woman fitting this description visited their premises on Tuesday 22 October.

You can speak to local police on 0845 600 8000. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police are also taking the opportunity to provide some timely crime prevention advice to local traders.

There are a number of things to look out for when taking notes as payment -

• Does the main printing feel raised?

• Can you see a bold and clear watermark when the note is held up to the light?

• Does the note feel crisp and not limp, waxy or shiny?

• Is the print clear, sharp and well defined?

• Are the colours clear and distinct? Compare the suspect note against a note which is known to be genuine.

• Is the security thread continuous when the note is held up to the light?