If notes appear as the pictured $50.00, contact police on the 131444 number. Police will attend and if possible collect CCTV of the offender(s) and the note if left.
Look – Genuine banknotes contain:
- The clear window and the area around the window is usually smooth.
- The window contains printed images or patterns. (Not with foreign writing in blue)
- Banknotes have fine line patterns on each side and are multi-coloured.
- If you hold the note to the light you can see the Australian Coat of Arms.
- Pictures of people important to Australia, wildlife, plants or symbols of Australia.
Feel – Genuine banknotes are:
- Printed on polymer (plastic) and have a distinctive feel.
- Have slightly raised printing (dark ink) called intaglio that is used for the main design such as the portraits.
Tear – Genuine banknotes are:
- Difficult to tear.
- The majority of counterfeit notes are printed on paper and can be easily torn.
What to do if you suspect that you have received a fake note:
- Advise the person that you believe the note may not be genuine and that the police will be notified.
- Notify the police immediately on 131 444.
- Handle the banknote as little as possible, place it in an envelope or other protective covering (avoid using plastic as the banknote may sweat in warm conditions).
- Note the person’s description and details if they leave the premises prior to police arrival.