West Mercia Police officers in the Malvern area of Worcestershire have issued a warning after receiving information that fake bank notes are being used in the area.

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said:

“It has been identified that counterfeit Royal Bank of Scotland polymer (aka plastic) are in circulation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“At least two of these notes are known to have been passed in the Malvern area. The counterfeits feature a deceptive simulation of the holographic foil strip, but can be identified as counterfeit as the hologram is half gold and half silver in the counterfeit, but completely silver in the genuine note.

“Please remain vigilant and report any suspicious incidents to Police.

“Further information about the security features in both Scottish and Northern Irish bank notes can be found on the ACBI website:- https://www.acbi.org.uk/banknotes.html