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Wellington Police advised the public to be on alert after counterfeit money was used at businesses recently.
Fake $50 and $100 banknotes were handed into businesses. Enquiries are underway to find the source of the forged money.
One person from Lower Hutt was charged for possession of fourteen $100 banknotes.
“It’s important for people to understand it is both an offence to make, use or be in possession of counterfeit banknotes,” a statement reads.
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“The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has clear guides outlining the security features of New Zealand banknotes and how to spot counterfeit notes.”
Businesses are advised not to accept money if they believe it is counterfeit and contact Police about the concern. However, if one was given without noticing, it is recommended to put it in an envelope and get in touch with Police.
Anyone with information about the manufacture or distribution of counterfeit banknotes is asked to contact Police on 105.
Information can also be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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