RETAILERS and the public are being warned to be vigilant to counterfeit currency following a number of incidents.
Since September there have been a number of reported cases of counterfeit £50 notes being used in Aberdeenshire and Moray with incidents reported in Banff, Elgin, Aberdeen, Portlethen, Ellon, Fraserburgh and Portsoy.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant John Lumsden said: “Typically a person has been going into independent retailers and making a small purchase for a few pounds, handing over a £50 note and getting change back. The retailer has later discovered the note is counterfeit.
“We’ve had a number of reports of this over the last few months and we believe they are all linked.
“While our enquiries are continuing I would like to encourage the public and particularly smaller independent shops to be on their guard and to call police with any information they have that would help our investigation.
“If retailers are unsure about the authenticity of a note, they always have the option to politely decline and request payment by another method.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference 3548 of 5 December.