Counterfeit note warning

A FLUTTER of fake notes have made their way into the Wellington Shire, with at least 10 businesses in Maffra, Rosedale, Sale and Stratford, reporting incidents to police.

Wellington Crime Investigation Unit detectives urge retail staff to be vigilant when receiving cash payments, checking to ensure they have not been handed counterfeit notes.

The notes circulating are of poor quality, with a paper-like consistency and, in some cases, are obvious fakes.

In each instance a man attempted to buy items with a fake $20 note, and in one case a $50 note, or swap it for change.

When questioned by one retail assistant, the man seized the note back, claiming he had obtained it from another shop or automatic teller machine, then left the scene.

Police have released a closed circuit television image of a man they believe can help them with their inquiries.

He is of Caucasian appearance, aged between 35 and 45 years and is about 170cm tall, with a thin build and a tattoo on each arm.

He wore shorts, a t-shirt and a baseball cap in several incidents.

People with information about the man’s identity can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au