Australians are being warned to remain vigilant after a number of fake banknotes were handed to police. The $50 notes were handed to authorities by a small business in Darwin last week after they noticed the notes had several flaws. “The note had a paper texture and the security window had visible defects, having been glued on,” Northern Territory Police said.
Queensland Police also issued an alert earlier this year, when counterfeit $100 notes were found circulating around the Bundaberg area.
From 2019 to 2021, police seized over 382,000 counterfeit banknotes. Valued at over $30 million, the notes bore a strong resemblance to genuine banknotes and were accepted as real cash before being confiscated by police.