What would you do with a dodgy note?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Money Saving Polls
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  • rizla01rizla01 Forumite
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    How many of those (myself included) that would pass the note on, would also be interested in purchasing a £20 note for £10?

    Er. No, I'm not offerring BTW. Just a question.:)
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  • Mark7799Mark7799 Forumite
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    MarkyMarkD wrote: »
    Or, just as likely, you pass a dodgy note off to Tesco and they penalise the member of staff who should have spotted it. :(

    In my banking days, a training exercise we used was to give a cashier a bundle of notes and ask them to take out the forgeries - the people I worked with had a very good record of spotting them.
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  • SuzeySuzey Forumite
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    I'm not confident I would be able to spot a fake :(

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    canny_star wrote:
    Just as I would not accept stolen goods, I would not accept a forged note. If I ever got given one I would take it to a bank, or back to the place that I got it from ( I am sure I would know where I got 20 quid back in change from ).
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  • MarkyMarkDMarkyMarkD Forumite
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    There is a lot of variety in the quality of fakes. Some of them simply feel wrong - the paper is the wrong thickness or quality, the printing is the wrong quality - but some of them are incredibly good and I'm sure that there are bank staff who don't notice them.
  • Paul1shPaul1sh Forumite
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    I've had the misfortune of being handed forged notes when I was a shopkeeper and it was very embarrassing for the customer to be detained whilst the police came to interview them.If you handle large quantities of notes all day everyday you can spot a fake a mile off.For all those people who've said they'd hand it in at Tescos etc. would you still be saying that whilst having your free ride in a police car to the station?
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  • andnickandnick Forumite
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    As a small business owner and someone who has receieved forged and out-of-date notes, I am apalled at the number of people that would knowingly try to pass them off. But at the same time, it is very difficult to tell if something is forged. The Bank of England's website is very helpful and gives advice regarding current notes in circulation, those that are legal tender and how to spot forgeries.

    If you have and "old" note as opposed to a forged note, your own bank should change it.:o
  • Poll Started 3 April 2007: What would you do with a dodgy note? You discover you've been passed what you think is a fake £20 in your wallet/purse and aren't sure where it came from; which of the following options is closest to what you'd do?

    D. Try to pass it off as real in a shop 54.8% - (3309 Votes)
    B. Take it to the bank 28.6% - (1731 Votes)
    C. Take it to the police 12.4% - (752 Votes)
    A. Bin it. That's life! 3.9% - (240 Votes)

    Total Votes: 6038

    Thanks to everybody that voted! To discuss these results, click reply and post below.
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    toys19 wrote: »
    Blimey, I would be too scared to pass it off, what happens if you get caught and reported?

    Exactly the same as would happen if you didn't realise it was fake, spent it and got caught and reported.
  • MarkyMarkD wrote: »
    Yes, good argument Stooby - not.

    For Stooby and all those who think that passing off dodgy notes in Tesco is OK, why not just shoplift the food from Tesco (as it's needed to feed their family) and save all that wasted effort passing off the dodgy notes?

    D'oh!

    Is the only correct answer for you MarkyMarkD you own, and all others are wrong? :rolleyes:

    If I had to steal to feed my family I would do so, my family would come first. However this was not the question. You were given a dodgy note in your change, in this case through no fault of your own you would be out of pocket for handing it over to the police/bank. If you could not afford for this to happen then I see no choice but to use the note you believe could be dodgy.

    If you were to be reimbursed by the bank for handing the note in i'm sure everyone would choose to do this.

    You point would be valid MarkyMarkD if the question was about printing out your own notes with the intent to speand them in shops, however this is not the question... The intent to steal was not there when recieveing the dodgy note in change.
  • SuzeySuzey Forumite
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    How come you called the police? Are you bound to do this by law? Did you offer them the opportunity to give you a real note? They might not have realised!

    A proper crook would run out of the shop before the police came, no?

    Suze

    Paul1sh wrote: »
    I've had the misfortune of being handed forged notes when I was a shopkeeper and it was very embarrassing for the customer to be detained whilst the police came to interview them.If you handle large quantities of notes all day everyday you can spot a fake a mile off.For all those people who've said they'd hand it in at Tescos etc. would you still be saying that whilst having your free ride in a police car to the station?
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