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Police warning over fake £50 notes in West Berkshire

Shopkeepers and businesses asked to be vigilant as counterfeits are circulated

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper


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Police warning over fake £50 notes in West Berkshire

POLICE are advising shopkeepers and business owners in West Berkshire to be on their guard after several reports of fake Bank of England ££50 notes being circulated.

So far the following serial number has been identified as being linked to these counterfeit £50 notes: BE04 445628.

Serial numbers on genuine banknotes are unique, so if you have a note carrying this number it is liable to be counterfeit.

There may be other serial numbers linked to the batch of counterfeit notes. If you find one please contact police on 101 quoting reference number 43160310111.

Counterfeit £50 notes can be identifiable by checking some of the key security features present in the genuine notes. These include:

* Genuine notes feature a serial of green rectangles which contain a £ symbol and number 50. Movement can be seen when the note is tilted / moved. In the counterfeits there are just green printed squares (these have no detail or movement).

* Genuine notes feature a watermark, which contain a picture of the Queen with a bright, contrasting £50. The counterfeits appear to contain a watermark: Queen & £50, however, there is no contrast between them.

* Genuine notes feature a raised printed 'Bank of England' text across the note and in the lower right corner. The counterfeits do not have raised print

For further information on how to check your banknotes are genuine, see the Bank of England website:

Apps available from the following links containing details of security features in all Bank of England notes: or

Counterfeit banknotes are normally removed from circulation very quickly, and represent a tiny proportion of the genuine banknotes in circulation.

Any person with information about persons passing counterfeit notes are asked to contact their local police station (via 101) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you recognise that you are dealing with a counterfeit note during the transaction, call Police on 101.

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  • NewburyDenizen

    11/11/2016 - 16:04

    Aside from working in retail, I think I've handled a £50 twice, maybe three times? Are they common enough that counterfeit ones are passable? I thought they were kinda rare and always checked for forgery when used.