POLICE in Bexhill have alerted local shopkeepers to men tendering fake Scottish £20 banknotes.
The warning comes after several shops were duped into accepting the counterfeit currency, the first instances happening on Wednesday and Thursday last week, January 9 and 10.
As of then, eight retailers at the Ravenside Retail Park and in Devonshire Road had been handed the worthless notes in exchange for goods.
The suspects using the notes have been described as white men in their 30s.#
One was 6ft 2ins tall, with dark brown/black hair and wearing a bright red jumper.
Another was shorter with short brown hair, wearing a hat and dark fleece, and the third was described as tall and wearing a navy blue hooded top with a logo on the back.
All of the counterfeit notes reported have the same serial number of 318150.
PCSO Mick Hill, from Rother’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I’d like to urge not only Bexhill retailers but all shops across Sussex to ensure any banknotes being passed to you are thoroughly checked before being accepted.
“Scottish notes in particular are troublesome if you are not familiar with them, especially in this part of the country where we are less used to them.
“This is because there are many different variations used, with three main Scottish banks printing their own notes.
“However, you can use the same principles used when examining Bank of England notes by checking holograms, security threads and watermarks”.
More advice and information about Scottish bank notes can be found on The Committee of Scottish Bankers’ website www.scotbanks.org.uk
For a poster of current Scottish notes go to: www.scotbanks.org.uk/media/scottish_banknotes_poster_2009.pdf and for information on Bank of England notes go to: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Pages/current/default.aspx.
Anyone who has been offered or who has accepted a counterfeit note is urged to report it to police, telephone 101.
Or call Crimestoppers anonymously and free of charge on 0800 555 111.