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Man is scammed out of $700 on Gumtree after buyer uses fake money

The banknotes you DON’T want in your pocket: Cashier shares his tips to tell if your money is real after man is scammed out of $700

  • Gumtree seller says he has been left $700 out of pocket because of scammers 
  • The man said he sold an item on Gumtree but was then given counterfeit money
  • He reported the incident to the AFP before warning others about selling online

A Gumtree seller has warned people about the dangers of fake bank notes after he was scammed out of $700. 

The man had sold a television before sharing a picture of the fraudulent cash on Reddit and warning others about the risks involved with selling privately. 

The Melbourne man said he’d already reported the incident to the Australian Federal Police but according to legislation he won’t be reimbursed if the money is fake.

A Reddit user has been left $700 out of pocket after a pair of men allegedly used counterfeit money (pictured) to buy a second hand item from him on Gumtree

‘I had to fill out an AFP form so it will most likely go to them with the notes,’ the man wrote.

‘There is video footage of the scumbags since this happened in my apartment lobby so fingers crossed.’

Some Reddit users, who claimed to have experience on counterfeit money, shared their advice on how to recognise a fake note. 

‘If anyone is wanting to know, possibly the quickest way to check if notes are real is to scrunch it up. If it’s real it will snap back into shape,’ one user wrote. 

‘Also UV light makes parts of them glow,’ another added. 

The man said he has to send the money to the Australian Federal Police and if the money is found to be counterfeit he will not be reimbursed (picture of different counterfeit notes)

The man said he has to send the money to the Australian Federal Police and if the money is found to be counterfeit he will not be reimbursed (picture of different counterfeit notes)

‘One trick I learnt working at KFC, if you shine the note at a light or sun, the star on the bottom corner should be complete,’ another replied. 

According to the AFP the best way to identify real bank notes is to hold them against the light to see the Australian Coat of Arms and the seven-pointed star.

However with older currency a person should be looking for the holographic bird’s wings to move and change colour.

If none of these features are present on your bank note than it could be a fake and you should report it to the AFP immediately.  

If the AFP deem the Gumtree seller’s $700 to be real it will be sent back to him but if the notes are proven fakes he will not be reimbursed.  

TIPS FOR RECOGNISING A REAL BANK NOTE 

First polymer series features: 

Hold up to the light to see a seven-pointed star and the Australian Coat of Arms

Check clear window is part of the banknote 

Use a UV light to see features fluoresce. 

New polymer series features:

Tilt to see the bird’s wings move and change colour, and the number change direction 

Tilt to see a rolling colour effect 

Use a UV light to see features fluoresce.

Source: Australian Federal Police 

 

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