CCTV images reveal vital clues to find Mini Cooper driver who fled after trying to pay with counterfeit notes at BP garage, Soham

PUBLISHED: 10:07 15 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:34 15 January 2016

Fake notes scam at BP, Soham

Fake notes scam at BP, Soham

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CCTV images released today provide vital clues to finding the motorist who fled a Soham garage after trying to pay with counterfeit notes.

Fake notes scam at BP, SohamFake notes scam at BP, Soham

East Cambs Police hope three images – caught on the BP garage CCTV – will lead to an arrest.

A police spokesman said the driver pulled into the garage last Sunday shortly after 6.30pm.

“The unknown man arrived in a Mini Cooper convertible with an obscured number plate,” said a force spokesman.

“He filled up with fuel before he went into the shop and offered two counterfeit £50 notes in payment.

Fake notes scam at BP, SohamFake notes scam at BP, Soham

“The staff were immediately aware of the scam and retained the money which has been passed to us.

“He left when police were called, without leaving details.”

The spokesman added: “Can you identify this man and his distinctive car?

“Get in touch with us - send us a private message, call 101, or leave anonymous information via CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Counterfeit notes in SohamCounterfeit notes in Soham

Earlier police praised the petrol station cashier who was handed the notes, refused to give them back and promptly called police.

The spokesman said: “The cashier refused to accept them in payment for fuel and took them for us – well done”.

“In the photo these notes might look convincing but in the hand they are clearly not right.

“The ten is very small (perhaps the size of a genuine five pound note) and the fifties are printed on paper which is clearly not the same as genuine money.”

How to spot a fake ...

1. The size - the fakes are a full centimetre short on both length and height of the note. A fifty is a big note.

2. The feel of the paper. Difficult to describe, but you would ‘know’ by texture that this is not the paper used by the Bank of England.

3. They are completely smooth. The lettering on the front of a £50 note is raised.

4. Metallic thread - there isn’t one on the fakes.

5. Micro lettering - using a magnifying glass you should see tiny lettering beneath the Queen’s portrait saying the value of the note. Not on these fakes though.

6. ‘Motion thread’ - woven into the paper and when you tilt it, the £ sign and ‘50’ tilts from side to side. Missing on the fakes.

7. Watermark - and this, says police, “is the cheekiest feature and most distinctive” on these notes: the watermark of the Queen’s portrait appears to be winking at you. “Someone has a sense of humour- see the picture” said the spokesman.

The spokesman said: “Counterfeit currency does genuine damage to the economy and inevitably leaves someone out of pocket - usually the small businesses that can’t afford to find out that they are fifty or one hundred pound down.”

The spokesman said that because of the interest shown in the counterfeit currency that was seized at the BP station they had provided a check list of how to spot these £50 notes.

He said: “Don’t fall victim. Look closely and these notes do not convince you,” he said.

“If you’re offered any for a price, don’t be tempted - it’s a crime against everyone, and they are absolutely worthless.”

He said the counterfeit £10 was particularly easy to spot since it was “very small, smaller than a fiver”.

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