Police issued an advisory today urging residents to be vigilant regarding counterfeit US $50 notes bearing serial number ID 33294841A.
A spokesman said: “One of these counterfeit notes was tendered at the A1 Paget grocery store on Valley Road on Saturday evening (January 18th).
“The counterfeit cash was identified and retained by the store manager, who reported the incident to police a short time later.
“Likewise, employees are reminded that if counterfeit cash is detected during a transaction, the member of staff receiving the fake money should hold on to it, jot down a description of the individual who tendered it and contact police immediately.
“Similarly, members of the public should take a few seconds to examine any money they may receive, especially the larger denominations.
“Persons who may have unknowingly received counterfeit currency are encouraged to contact the main police telephone number 295-0011 at the earliest opportunity to report the matter.
“Alternatively, if you are aware of suspicious circumstances regarding suspected counterfeit currency and wish to report it anonymously, please call the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477,” he added.
“It should be noted, once again, that it is a criminal offence to pass to another, possess, make or reproduce any counterfeit currency; punishable by up to five years in prison – and those caught committing such offences can expect to be prosecuted.”