Police Scotland are warning the public to be vigilant following a number of incidents where counterfeit banknotes have been used as payment for goods purchased throughout West Dunbartonshire, in particular, Dumbarton High Street, Alexandria and Balloch.

Over the last month, we have had 8 separate reports of counterfeit £20 notes being used locally.

We would ask that retailers are extra vigilant when accepting cash payment. We recommend 3 simple ways of checking if a note is counterfeit:
1) Check the paper and print quality of notes.
2) Look for the metallic security thread and
3) Check the watermark

If anyone suspects they have been passed counterfeit money, then they should contact the police by calling 101 or in an emergency by calling 999. It is a criminal offence to hold or pass a note that you know to be counterfeit.

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