Police are warning businesses to beware of a number of fake Scottish £20 notes which have been circulating in some parts of Hampshire.
The notes are described as poor quality colour photocopies however those trying to use them have successfully done so in a number of outlets, mainly in the Southampton and Andover areas.
A coating is used on the paper to prevent counterfeit currency pens from detecting they are fake.
Those tendering them have been both men and women aged 17 to 35.
They usually buy something of low value and offer the note in payment getting back the change in real currency.
Officers are warning businesses and banks to be aware and take extra care to make several checks before accepting Scottish £20 notes as a valid payment for goods or services.
Anyone who has any information about who is responsible for circulating the notes is asked to call PC Gordon Bentley at Southampton Central Police Station on 101. Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.