Police have warned shop staff to be vigilant after reports of counterfeit Scottish notes being used in local shops.
The warning came after reports of two men buying goods with counterfeit £20 notes, the men are said to have targeted food shops and buying low cost items, so that they get a large amount of change.
Posting on Facebook, Teignmouth and Dawlish Neighbourhood Police said:
“Over the last couple of days there has been reports in Teignmouth, Dawlish and Newton Abbot of two males exchanging counterfeit £20 Scottish notes. These males are targeting fast food shops, as well as cake shops during busy periods, often buying something small in order to obtain the most change possible.
“One male is very distinctive with a scar on the side on his face.
“These notes feel smooth in texture, with no metallic threat or watermark. They appear faded and off-colour, and can be easily identified using a counterfeit bank note detection pen. If they come into your shop please report this to the police and obtain the fake note which can then be seized by police as evidence.”