Retailers are being urged to be alert after fraudsters used fake vouchers in the North-east.
Police have today said a woman walked into a shop in Montrose and used £150 worth of LOVE2SHOP vouchers to buy items.
Officers are asking retailers to be on the lookout for the fake vouchers, which have been spotted elsewhere in Tayside including in Arbroath.
The woman in the Montrose incident described as 40 to 50 years of age, approximately 5ft 6in tall of medium build, with blonde hair.
She was wearing dark leggings, a dark top and carrying a black hand bag.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “All retailers are advised to check all vouchers and report any that do not appear to be genuine.
“The LOVE2SHOP vouchers would be quite convincing unless you see the original.
“The colours on the fake vouchers are not very vibrant and the image of woman is slightly fuzzy compared to the original.
“On the left side of the vouchers is a small hole that should have the metal strip running through it. If it is missing this is sign of a fake.”
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting CR/19971/17 or speak to any police officer.
Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.