By Tristan Harris Thursday 22 August 2013 Updated: 27/08 13:45
A WARNING has been issued to businesses after a number of counterfeit £20 notes were found in Bromsgrove over the weekend.
A total of 16 of the forged banknotes were found at the town's new KFC in Charford Road on Saturday and Sunday (August 17 and 18) - while the staff were cashing up.
It's believed the money was used to pay for meals over a two-day period.
Officers are currently studying CCTV in a bid to catch the culprits.
PC Samantha Moore said: “We don’t know of any other businesses which have been targeted with these fake notes but traders in the area need to be aware this has happened and to remain vigilant.
“We would ask people to check notes before they accept them as payment.
"If they believe they have been passed a fake note they should keep hold of it if possible and contact the police.
“Traders should use whatever devices are at their disposal, such as ultraviolet light scanners, to ensure the authenticity of £20 Bank of England notes and to closely check the security features on them.
“Some of these counterfeit notes are very good but can be easily identified as fakes when compared alongside a note known to be genuine.”
Among the checks that can be carried out are the watermark - in addition to The Queen's portrait, there should be a £20 or £50 symbol which should contrast with The Queen's head.
'Bank of England' on each note should be raised and there should be a metallic thread running through the note.
All notes have a holographic foil image which will change colour and image when tilted and all notes should have an image of its value that will only appear under ultraviolet light.
The texture of a fake note often feels different to a real one.
The majority of these tests will also work on Scottish and Northern Irish notes.
For more on the security tests, visit http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Documents/kyb_lo_res.pdf
Anyone with any information should call PC Moore from Bromsgrove Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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