Fake £20 notes warning to shoppers and store staff in East Riding
Shoppers and retailers are being warned to be on their guard as there are a number of forged £20 bank notes thought to be in circulation.
The bank notes appear to have been handed over to numerous shops by customers, and police are keen to get them out of circulation.
People should check notes carefully before accepting them.
Since January 1, the East Riding has had 29 reports of counterfeit £20 notes being used, the majority in shops but also in post offices and a hotel.
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There have been four reports in Hessle, three in Anlaby and two in Goole.
There have been further cases in Market Weighton, Willerby, Beverley and Driffield.
The forged £20 notes have a metal strip thicker than a genuine one.
Crime prevention officer Tracy Rokahr, of Beverley Police Station, said: "It is not difficult to see the watermark, hologram and metal thread inside bank notes.
"When a counterfeit note reaches a bank, it is taken out of circulation, often leaving the shop keeper out of pocket.
"We want to educate as many businesses as possible to prevent them being at a loss."