In furtherance to our press release dated the 10th January regarding the local circulation of counterfeit Bank of England £50.00 notes and the arrests of 4 persons in connection with these crime reports, an ongoing RGP Economic Crime Unit investigation has resulted in an additional 7 persons being arrested throughout the course of yesterday (11th January 2016) and today (12th January 2016) for the offences of “Possession of a counterfeit note “and Passing a Counterfeit note,” as follows:
• Two Spanish males resident in Gibraltar (aged 27 & 30yrs)
• 2 local females (aged 25 & 33)
• 2 local males (aged 35 & 42)
• A 27yr old British national resident in Gibraltar
A total of 29 x counterfeit £50.00 Bank of England sterling notes (£1450.00) were also seized during one of several searches conducted at various local addresses.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind the general public of the following characteristics in relation to ALL notes seized so far: • Bearing the Serial No: AH66 449134 • Bank of England £50.00 sterling notes • Paper is not textured / print quality is significantly poorer than genuine notes • Metallic strip is noticeably faint A practical guide to checking UK banknotes can be viewed/downloaded at: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/documents/kyb_lo_res.pdf
This advisory hand-out forms part of wider information available on Bank of England notes at http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Pages/default.aspx This includes a “Bank of England Banknotes” app that can be downloaded for both Apple iOS and Android devices from the respective device stores.