Shopper handed ‘fake’ £5 note – here’s the tiny detail that gave it away
The new plastic fiver has been around for almost two years but would you know if you were handed a fake one?
The new £5 note was released in September 2016 amid much fanfare as the first polymer currency ever issued by the Bank of England.
It’s supposed to be the safest yet with a host of new security features.
But one man claims he was handed a counterfeit and is now warning other people to watch out.
Peter Fowler, 37, bought lunch in Port Talbot, south Wales, on Friday and was given a £5 note as part of his change.
But when he folded it up to put it into his wallet he said he noticed something strange, reports WalesOnline .
He said: “It felt like a plastic carrier bag. It felt like it was made out of thin plastic. I looked closer and saw the Big Ben was missing and part of the serial number and the Queen’s face were coming off.
“When I compared it to a genuine note I already had I also saw the silver strips were green.”
Mr Fowler, who works as a heating engineer, said that if he had been given the £5 note with other notes, he wouldn’t have realised.
“At first glance, it looked real. People definitely need to pay attention when they’re being handed their change,” he said.
“A lot of people won’t think twice when putting it in their pocket and it’s a lot of money to lose.”
So, how do you spot a fake note? This is the Bank of England’s official guide to spotting a real one…
- Check the see through window and the portrait of the Queen.
- Check the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) is gold on the front of the note and silver on the back.
- Check the foil patch below the see through window changes from ‘Five’ to ‘Pounds’ when the note is tilted.
- Check the coronation crown appears 3D.
- Check the ultra-violet feature.
- Check the circular green foil patch on the back of the note which contains the word BLENHEIM.
- If you’re worried about whether a note is fake, the Bank of England has a free smartphone app you can download to check.
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