33 reports of counterfeit money in Capricornia this year
THEY may not be convincing, but the amount of counterfeit notes circulating in the Capricornia region has increased sharply in the past month.
There have been 33 reports of counterfeit money in Capricornia this year, with 12 occurrences since October 14.
Police have recovered notes which appear to be photocopies with some sort of clear tape where the window should be, and stars stencilled on with whiteout or paint.
Acting Detective Inspector Ben Carroll said while major businesses like Woolworths had been targeted, people had also tried to use the counterfeit notes at St Vincent De Paul's.
"The message is for storekeepers to be vigilant," he said. "In some instances, these notes are being accepted.
"A number of people have been charged … (and) there'll be more, definitely."
The most recent arrest was made on Friday, where a 24-year-old man was issued with a notice to appear in court after attempting to pay for drinks with a fake $50 note at a local IGA.
Another offender, a 25-year-old man, was caught on October 21 and charged in relation to three separate counterfeit offences. He paid with a counterfeit note at the pharmacy in the Northside Plaza.