Fake bank notes in circulation on the Isle of Wight

Make sure you check any bank notes you are given on the Isle of Wight after counterfeit notes have been reported.

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This in from police, in their own words. Ed

Police are warning shop keepers and the general public to be vigilant following a report of counterfeit notes being circulated on the Isle of Wight.

Officers have already advised island Shopwatch members about the fake £20 notes, but would like to raise awareness to members of the public, including festival goers attending Bestival this week, to check any banknotes they receive in change.

Inform the police
If you suspect a note is not genuine please take it to your local police station as soon as possible. It is a criminal offence to hold onto or pass on counterfeit notes.

The Bank of England website offers general guidance on how to spot a fake from the real thing. http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/Pages/other/takeacloserlook

Get in touch
Anyone with information can contact DS Simon Driver at Newport DCID by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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Friday, 6th September, 2013 11:53am


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  1. iain mckie

    6.Sep.2013 12:18pm

    I don’t see any difference between forged notes and the Bank of England’s Quantitative Easing program.

  2. mittromneylovesiow

    6.Sep.2013 6:21pm

    Where could you get with a forged £20 note? Five eighths across the Solent. Two stops on the bus. 10 minutes parking at any car park. One 99 and a feast. And two copies of that magazine being advertised on TV for Star trek models. Only 14,000 episodes to go.

  3. Mark L Francis

    7.Sep.2013 9:20am

    I don’t understand money.
    We think it is guaranteed by gold in the Bank of England and it is a promissory note for a share of it, but it isn’t since the gold standard was abandoned in the 30s. Also as the price of gold rises the currency will become over valued, often as the economy worsens which was a cause of the Great Depression.
    Besides which Gordon Brown sold off our gold reserves so we have not got any.
    Apparently it is guaranteed by stacks of currency reserves – dollars, euros, negotiable bonds etc. in the nations vaults. These are themselves guaranteed by other stacks of currency in other country’s vaults.

    So what if someone turns round one day and says “it’s all a con – it doesn’t mean anything.”?
    The first English notes were lottery tickets. maybe they still are.
    Best not tell anyone, eh?

    • I’d love to respond, Mark, but as your post doesn’t come under the “BT boss responds” topic, I suspect you may be a hoaxer.

      • Mark L Francis

        7.Sep.2013 10:19am

        • I thought I could rely on your gsoh, Mark! It was a reference to only topics with the words ‘BT’ & ‘rural broadband’ featuring in WRS nowadays. Not that I’m bothered, (I don’t understand what they’re talking about, mind), as I realise it’s crucial that IWC gets all the info to make a decision about a huge amount of money, so I’m all in favour of those topics. Thank goodness for OTW, once again. Just thought I’d get a cheap joke out of it.

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