SCAM ALERT: Free money really is too good to be true

We have become aware of a scam where fraudsters on social media accounts claim to be offering counterfeit bank notes for sale at rock bottom prices.

SCAM ALERT: Free money really is too good to be true

We have become aware of a scam where fraudsters on social media accounts claim to be offering counterfeit bank notes for sale at rock bottom prices.

A number of people across the country are reported to have sent payment for the fake money - something they shouldn't be doing anyway - and then the currency never turns up.

This scam has circulated in a number of force areas across the country, and now we've become aware of people in South Yorkshire seeing the scam on pages they have visited on social media sites including Facebook.

Free money really is too good to be true. Not only is this a scam, but having possession of, or trying to pass for payment, counterfeit currency is a criminal offence. In this case, not only could you potentially lose money through trying to buy counterfeit notes, but if they had actually been delivered to you then you would face criminal prosecution if you tried to use them to make a payment.

If you ever suspect that you have come into possession of a suspicious bank note, the Bank of England can teach you how to check if it's counterfeit or genuine via their website: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/counterfeit-banknotes/how-to-check-your-banknotes.

The site also provides a free online bank note training session, lasting about 30 minutes, for those who would like more in-depth knowledge.

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