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Fake money in town

THE National Australia Bank branch of Airlie Beach received counterfeit money over the counter last Tuesday.

Police said a tourist passed the fake $50 note over along with other notes.

However, the tourist is not considered to be suspicious.

Tourism Whitsundays has advised businesses to be diligent in checking every single $50 note that they receive.

There are tell-tale signs that notes are counterfeit:

The serial numbers have a low fluorescence level and often appeared blurry under UV light.

The Southern Cross print can be quite easily scratched off the clear window.

The embossed ‘50' print on the clear window is flat and not raised.

The notes have a slightly greasy feel.

The matter is now in the hands of the Australian Federal Police.


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