May 26, 2022

POLICE have released CCTV images of a man officers would like to speak to in connection with counterfeit cash fraud.

At approximately 8.15pm on Tuesday, January 18, a man tried to buy an item from the Tilehurst victim through online market place Gumtree and arranged to give cash on collection.

The exchange took place – but it emerged that the cash was counterfeit.

CCTV (55556476)

A similar circumstance occurred in Leicester, believed to involve the same suspect.

CCTV (55556480)
CCTV (55556480)

Investigating officer PC Georgina Chandler, based at Newbury police station, said in a statement: “The victim in our investigation had arranged to sell an item and unfortunately, the money that he was given was not genuine.

“I am releasing these CCTV images as I believe the person pictured may have vital information that can assist me in this investigation.

“The man in these images spoke with a deep voice with a strong Leicester/Midlands accent and is believed to be in his early to mid-20s.

“I would also like to offer some advice to members of the public who sell items using cash.

“The new polymer notes in circulation can only be checked for authenticity under ultra-violet light, and the pens that people often use are not able to ascertain whether cash is genuine.

“If you have any concerns that the cash you are being offered is counterfeit, please do not accept it, unless you have been able to confirm its authenticity.

“Under a UV light, a genuine note will show a bright 5/10/20/50 in red and green on the…

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