NORTHERN Constabulary can confirm that a number of suspected counterfeit notes sent off for analysis have been verified as genuine notes. A further number of notes are still awaiting verification.
Western Isles Area Inspector Robbie MacDonald said: “When local police were made aware that a quantity of notes were being refused by banks in the Western Isles, as they believed them to be counterfeit, we issued warnings to the public and requested any incidents were reported to ourselves at Northern Constabulary.
“A relatively small number of notes were handed into us and we liaised with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), who are able to authenticate currency. To date, all the notes we dealt with through SOCA have been found to be genuine and they will be returned to the complainers, however, further notes still await examination and will be forwarded as soon as possible. In the meantime, we would encourage any organisation or individual with concerns to contact us immediately.”
In light of the concerns about counterfeit notes circulating, many businesses purchased scanners.