Counterfeit banknote warning following reported incidents

Published 07 September 2016

Police Scotland are alerting the public, particularly those who are employed in shops or regularly handle cash, to be aware of counterfeit banknotes, following recent incidents reported in Inverness and Nairn.

Detective Inspector Richard Baird said: "We have received a number of reports of counterfeit banknotes being used in the Inverness and Nairn areas in recent days. 

These include First Trust Bank £50 notes which bear the serial number AA294395. These are being tendered for low cost items in shops in the Highlands and later being found to be counterfeit currency."

"We are advising those members of the public who are dealing with cash sales to bear this in mind and check high value banknotes before giving change. Anyone who deliberately uses counterfeit currency is committing crime and we will investigate all instances reported to us". 

All reported incidents so far have involved men of different descriptions but police believe the incidents may be linked.

Anyone who has any information about those using the counterfeit banknotes or wishes to report having received one should contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Contact Details

Call 101 for non-emergencies and general policing matters, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If your email enquiry is relating to the UK or Scottish Governments coronavirus guidance please refer to If it is a medical enquiry regarding coronavirus please refer to

Your Community

Find out more about local policing issues in this area by visiting: Badenoch and Strathspey, Highlands and Islands, Inverness, Inverness Central, Inverness Millburn, Inverness Ness-side, Inverness South, Inverness West, South Highlands

Originally Published: