Haul of fake £50 'Bank of England' notes seized in hotel
The counterfeit notes, worth a five-figure sum, were found stashed in Inverness.
A haul of fake £50 notes has been recovered by police in the Highlands worth a five-figure sum.
Businesses and people who regularly handle cash have been urged to be vigilant after detectives recovered the cash, designed to look like Bank of England notes.
The notes were found stashed in a hotel in Inverness earlier this week.
Police confirmed today the haul would have been worth five-figures had they been used.
A probe has been launched to uncover the source of the fake cash.
Meanwhile retailers have been advised to take simple steps to avoid falling victim to counterfeits, such as using detector pens or UV scanners.
Detective Inspector Steven Mackenzie said: "We have not had any recent reports about the use of counterfeit money but we do want people who regularly work with money to be aware of the warning signs.
"Please thoroughly check all bank notes, particularly if they are of high value, before completing a transaction.
"Please examine the notes carefully for texture, watermark, sharpness of print and size.
"Retailers can take simple steps to avoid being scammed in this fashion by using such items as counterfeit note detector pens or UV scanners, both of which greatly increase the chances of picking up a counterfeit note before change has been passed of goods supplied.
"Anyone who deliberately uses counterfeit currency is committing a crime and we will investigate all instances reported to us."
Anyone who has concerns about counterfeit money can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.