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Counterfeit cash warning to Cairns businesses

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Cairns businesses are urged to be on the lookout for counterfeit money.

Police are investigating an incident whereby a counterfeit $100 note was used to purchase goods at a Mcleod Street business over the weekend.

Local businesses are urged to give advice to employees about how to identify counterfeit currency.

Australian banknotes are printed on polymer, a type of plastic that has a distinct feel.

Polymer notes should return back to shape after it’s scrunched up.

The current counterfeit notes are printed on plastic and do feel similar to real notes, however all employees handling cash should make themselves familiar with correct Australian tender.

If you suspect you’ve received counterfeit currency:
- Handle the suspect bank note as little as possible and store it in an envelope.
- Note any relevant information, such as how it came into your possession.
- Report the matter immediately to state or federal police.

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Images: Queensland Police Service