SEVERAL counterfeit notes have been popping up in the Whitsundays in recent weeks.
Last Thursday morning in the Whitsundays, taxi driver Mervyn McInnes withdrew $1000 from the ATM for a trip to Thailand but found out later that one of the $50 notes was counterfeit.
Unaware of this at the time, Mr McInnes took the money from the Commonwealth Bank in Cannonvale where he had withdrawn the money to the National Australia Bank in Airlie Beach to deposit the notes for his holiday to Thailand.
The teller at the NAB discovered that the note was counterfeit and police were immediately notified at about 11am.
Police took the note and the matter is now in the hands of the Australian Federal Police.
Mr McInnes said it was very difficult to distinguish the fake note from a real one and he has warned the Whitsunday public to be aware of this.
“I want to let people know that there are counterfeit notes out there,” he said.
“Make people aware to keep an eye out on their notes.
Police said people in Cairns had been arrested recently in relation to ounterfeit notes in north Queensland.
The serial numbers have a low fluorescence level and often appear 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.
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