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Shoppers Warned About Fake Notes In Use In Western Sydney

Western Sydney shoppers and business owners are being warned after a high number of counterfeit notes have "flooded" the area.

The fake $50 and $100 notes have been found in businesses in the St Marys, Mt Druitt and Penrith areas, and police are urging residents to be on the lookout.

"It's something that we get on occasion," Detective Inspector Barry Vincent, St Marys crime manager, told

"We urge members of the public to be vigilant - particularly those of higher value - check they are legitimate notes."

The influx of counterfeit currency is said to have started in the last six weeks, with a number of businesses hit between June 19 and July 30.

"The St Marys police have received reports of counterfeit notes being passed at five businesses of late," a spokeswoman said.

"Australia's banknotes have a range of security features that can be used to check if they are genuine.

"Those who come into contact with suspicious notes are asked to handle the note as little as possible and store it in an envelope.

"They are asked to note down any identifying features such as personal descriptions and vehicles used by them, and promptly notify police."

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