Police in Inverness are urging businesses to be aware of counterfeit bank notes following a recovery in the city
Earlier this week officers recovered a quantity of fake cash, designed to look like Bank of England £50 notes, which was found stashed in a hotel in Inverness.
The fake notes would have been worth a five figure sum if they had been successfully used.
Enquiries are ongoing to establish the provenance of these notes - and officers are urging businesses and members of the public who regularly handle cash to be on their guard against counterfeit money.
Detective Inspector Steven Mackenzie said: "We have not had any recent reports about the use of counterfeit money but we do want people who regularly work with money to be aware of the warning signs.
"Please thoroughly check all bank notes, particularly if they are of high value, before completing a transaction.
"Please examine the notes carefully for texture, watermark, sharpness of print and size. Retailers can take simple steps to avoid being scammed in this fashion by using such items as counterfeit note detector pens or UV scanners, both of which greatly increase the chances of picking up a counterfeit note before change has been passed of goods supplied.
"Anyone who deliberately uses counterfeit currency is committing a crime and we will investigate all instances reported to us."
Anyone who has concerns about counterfeit money should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.