Crimestoppers are sending out warnings about a speight of fake £10 and £20 banknotes currently being circulated.


One is a fake. Can you tell which?  It’s the one on the left.

     Some fakes are now so good that it’s almost impossible to tell a real one from a fake, especially if you are given several at the same time, and there’s a fake in the middle.

Sometimes it’s passed onto you innocently. You must remember that it is illegal to knowingly pass on a fake note, so if you get one, it is not an idea to try and pass it on. You could be the one prosecuted.

There are many checks you could make to tell a real note from a fake.


  • Does the note feel more like paper than linen?
  • Do the words ‘Bank of England’ at the top of the note feel raised (embossed) or are they flat and smooth? bank-notes
  • Does it have a weaved silver stripe  which looks like dashes  on either side, but like a continuous black line when held up to the light, and
  • While holding it to the light, do the watermarks appear?

These are just a couple of quick checks you could make, but there is a more comprehensive list on this link.

If you suspect that a note is fake, you should hand it in to the police. That way you may be £10 or £20 out of pocket, but that’s better than ending out in court for knowingly passing on a fake note.

It may even be a good idea to buy a testing pen, or testing light from a reliable source to check your notes with. They are widely available.

It really is easy to get cought out with a fake note, a few years ago I was palmed off with a fake £20 note amongst real ones from my post office. So check every note you get.

British sterling bank notes

Can you see the fakes?

For your information, here is the original warning from Crime Stoppers


About Mr. Bloggy

I am a disabled volunteer community blogger. My real name is Mark Mapstone, I am an ex Royal Marine and was a consultant to the commercial mailing and distribution industry. Why not visit some of my other blogsites?

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