St Andrews retailers warned of fake note scam

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Businesses and charities in St Andrews are being warned about a fake note scam.

Police in North East Fife have issued a counterfeit currency warning to local retailers after a young man tried to pass off a fake Bank of Ireland £20 in two shops on Monday December 4.

The first incident happened at 1.30pm at the Salvation Army premises in Church Street when the teenager, said to be between 14 and 17, tried to buy something of low value.

A member of  staff checked the money and found it was fake and the young man then left with the note.

Half an hour later staff at The Cheesemonger shop contacted police after a man paid for various goods using a fake Bank of Ireland £20 note.

Police said this incident was linked to the Salvation Army and inquiries were ongoing to identify the suspect.

He is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall with a slim build and gelled hair.

He was wearing a blue hooded top and spoke with an Irish accent.

Sergeant Neil Johnston said: “It is possible that the male responsible will look to use more counterfeit notes around other businesses in the area and we want staff at local shops, restaurants and other premises to remain vigilant.

“Always check any currency that is used to purchase goods and if you believe it to be fake challenge the customer and retain the money so police can investigate.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident numbers 1741 or 1816 of December 4.