A counterfeit currency warning to local retailers in St Andrews

Police are urging businesses across Fife to be vigilant after recent incidents of counterfeit currency being used as payment in Tayport.

Between Friday 8th and Saturday 9th February, 2019, fraudulent £20 notes were used to pay for goods at three separate businesses in the Tayport area of Fife.

Inquiries are ongoing and businesses are now being asked to ensure staff check notes thoroughly and report any suspicions they have to police.

Sergeant Clark Forrest said: “While many of these notes can appear genuine at first glance, if they are appropriately scrutinised or tested they will be confirmed as fraudulent and counter staff should be mindful of inspecting currency thoroughly before accepting it.

“Any customers who come in and try to use counterfeit currency to purchase goods should be reported to police immediately and where possible staff should try to retain the notes so they can be analysed during our inquiries.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland via 101 or make an anonymous report to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.