FAKE Scottish notes are being used at shops and fuel stations to make purchases across Worcester.

The warning was shared by the Worcester safer neighbourhood team on social media, following numerous reports across the city.

The social media post said: "There have been several reports of fake Scottish bank notes being used to make purchases in Worcester and surrounding areas.

"Please make sure to check all currency is genuine when accepting money."

PCSO Sam Wharton said: "We have recently received numerous reports regarding the use of fake £50 Scottish notes at multiple stores and fuel stations in the Worcester area.

"Please be aware of this and ensure to check any notes that you may be given as you may have been handed a replica note. 

"If you come across any information regarding this issue, please report this via 101 so that we can follow any intelligence up accordingly."

If you have found or been given cash that you believe may be counterfeit, police advise you to take it to your local bank.

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Shop workers and business owners are advised to try and keep counterfeit notes if someone has attempted to pay with one in order to help get the fake money off the streets, before taking it to a local police station.

Counterfeit banknotes are rare and also worthless. 

The Bank of England cannot reimburse for counterfeit banknotes.

The suspect notes will be sent to the National Crime Agency and if counterfeit to the Bank of England for further examination.

According to the Bank of England, counterfeiting directly funds organised crime.

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It hurts the UK economy by creating losses for businesses, which ultimately affects the cost of things that we buy.

It also affects the pocket of anyone who receives a counterfeit note, as they are worthless.