A small detail has exposed counterfeit $50 notes which were used by attendees at the Royal Adelaide Show.
The fake notes were found across three separate stalls at the state’s annual show over Thursday and Friday.
While the notes weren’t immediately noticed as being fake, the fraudulent money was exposed after they were found to have ripped.
SA Police released a statement saying a man tried to use the note at a stall on Thursday but the employee figured out it was counterfeit.
The man left the stall before he could be asked about the note.
A member of the public later received a counterfeit $50 note as change, while another was found on Friday by a stall employee.
Police attended the show on Friday, seized the counterfeit money and launched an investigation.
Officers are urging both patrons and businesses to be vigilant when being handed cash and to inspect money to ensure it is legitimate.
“If you suspect you have a counterfeit note, please take it to the nearest police station,” police said.
“Handle the note as little as possible and store it in an envelope.”
South Australia Police have issued a guide outlining how to spot counterfeit money and urges anyone who comes across fake notes to compare it with a genuine note.
According to police, genuine banknotes contain the clear window with printed images or patterns, and the area around it is smooth.
Genuine banknotes are also difficult to tear, meanwhile the counterfeit notes such as those used at the show are “printed on paper and can be easily torn”.