POLICE seized $700 in fake notes used in Wodonga businesses this week and investigators say more are circulating the Border.
Detective Leading Sen-Constable Andrew Leonard said the managers of Noodle Canteen in High Street handed-in two counterfeit $50 notes to police on Monday afternoon after realising the notes they had been given to exchange for smaller cash were dodgy.
He said five more Wodonga businesses contacted police to report more fake $50 notes.
The Coles supermarket in High Street and Safeway in the Wodonga plaza were among the businesses who found counterfeit cash.
“It’s hard for businesses to notice the notes if they’re in a rush and it’s busy, it’s always later on that they pick them up,” Sen-Constable Leonard said.
“It was quite clear for businesses they were fake.”
He said the notes were either exchanged for smaller denominations of cash or small purchases were made in order to get real money in return.
Albury police arrested three men from Cootamundra in Dean Street at 3.40pm after Wodonga detectives allegedly matched the men to closed-cicuit television footage from the Wodonga businesses.
The trio, aged 41, 22 and 20, were charged on summons with deception offences to appear before the Wodonga Magistrates’ Court on October 8.
Sen-Constable Leonard said police expected more counterfeit $50 notes to be circulating the Border and urged businesses to watch out.
“We just ask businesses to check if they’ve got money left over from yesterday (Monday),” he said.
“Anyone who is approached or has any information let us know.”
The Reserve Bank of Australia said there were a number of ways to spot a fake note — it could feel too thick, thin and could be easy to tear.
It said real banknotes will have a white image in the clear window that cannot be easily scratched off and if you hold the note up to the light you should see an Australian coat of arms.
Anyone who comes across fake notes in Wodonga should phone Wodonga police on (02) 6049 2600 and in Albury, phone the Albury police on (02) 6023 9299.
Albury police said they have had no reports of fake notes this week.