Police warn of two scams which could affect people in our area — fake $50 notes and scam phone calls.
“Be aware of counterfeit money”
Palmerston North Police are urging people to be aware of counterfeit money that’s has been circulating over the last few days.
At least eight fake $50 notes being presented at supermarkets, pubs, and service stations since May 14.
Phone scam alert
And Police HQ says: “Today we received numerous reports about a phone scam where callers say they are from IRD, that money is owed and if not paid immediately you will be arrested by Police.”
This is a scam!
Scammers often say you need to pay them with iTunes vouchers — retailers should be aware of people buying large amounts of vouchers and check with them that they are not being scammed.
You can report suspicious calls or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and via the Netsafe website.
There are many different numbers being used to run this scam, so you can also report these to your phone provider to assist with blocking further calls.
‘ Pay extra attention to any larger denomination notes’
On the fake money front, Constable Mark Reid, of Palmerston North Police, says:
“We are asking the community to ensure they pay extra attention to any larger denomination notes they come into contact with,” says
“People who work in jobs where they handle cash are also asked to take extra care.@
“Anyone with information should contact local Police or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Advice for those who suspect money is counterfeit
Police say if you haven’t accepted the banknote yet, politely refuse to accept it.
If you are in possession of a suspect banknote, store the banknote safely and handle it as little as possible, they say.
Note all relevant details such as date, time and place of receipt, car registration number and whether you have CCTV.
Hand any suspect banknote to Police as soon as possible with details from above.