Northern Territory police looking for couple over counterfeiting scam that has cheated seven premises since Sunday

Pubs in Darwin are being hit by an elaborated counterfeiting scam: a couple buying alcohol and cigarettes using $100 notes that have not for circulation published on them in large-scale pink Chinese characters.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Glenn Leafe said seven incidents had been reported since Sunday, mostly involving the same man and woman. The scams occurred at different times of day and night.

The pair accumulates change from the transaction before rapidly leaving the scene, he said. Leafe said the suspects last struck on Monday at 9.30 pm, making a licensed premises in Marrara with the unlikely-looking note.

Upon review of the note staff challenged the pair who fled the store, Leafe said.

A quick examination would reveal the note does indeed feature Sir John Monash, wartime imagery and approximately the right hues but the likeness aims there. The term Australia is largely overwritten with large-scale pink Chinese characters that roughly translate as: Practising coupon. Sample. For practising employ simply , not for circulation.

Such training notes are used to teach foreign bank workers and trade is also possible bought online for less than $10.

How the note should look. Photograph: Dan Peled/ AAP

Northern Territory police believe all seven incidents are linked, with six of them involving one man and one wife. They dont yet know where the counterfeit notes were obtained, but are examining CCTV footage and expect to catch up with the perpetrators pretty quickly to find out.

Leafe said: This is a reminder for businesses to be vigilant when accepting money transactions, including with regard to transactions involving $100 notes.

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