Police are urging retailers in a north-east town to be on guard for scammers trying to pay with fake notes following a string of recent incident.
A number of reports have been received of counterfeit currency being used in Fraserburgh to buy low-value items, particularly money that looks like Irish bank notes.
Local Inspector Kevin Goldie said: “Genuine currency has then been given back as change, leaving each business out-of-pocket. It’s an underhand tactic which takes advantage of honest, hard-working retailers.
“I would always advise anyone who handles cash to thoroughly check bank notes before handing over change to ensure they are not fake.
“Please examine the notes carefully for texture, watermark, sharpness of print and size. Investing in and using a counterfeit note detector pen or UV scanner will also greatly increase your chance of picking up a counterfeit note.
“Anyone who deliberately uses counterfeit currency is committing a crime and all reports received will be thoroughly investigated. If you suspect you may have received a fake note, or if you have any concerns, please contact police on 101.”