Free mobile phone app will help you understand how to spot counterfeit cash

PUBLISHED: 10:22 21 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:22 21 March 2016

The Bank of England has issued a free to download application for smartphones, named 'Bank of England Banknotes'.

The Bank of England has issued a free to download application for smartphones, named 'Bank of England Banknotes'.

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The Bank of England has issued a free mobile phone application to help people spot counterfeit money.

The Bank of England has issued a free to download application for smartphones, named 'Bank of England Banknotes'.The Bank of England has issued a free to download application for smartphones, named 'Bank of England Banknotes'.

The downloadable app comes after an incident where counterfeit money was passed in the Soham BP service station in January. The two £50 notes were particularly distinctive because the Queen’s watermark appeared to be ‘winking’ at the holder, said police.

The ‘Bank of England Banknotes’ app, which is available on Apple, Android and Windows devices, carefully explains and displays how you can recognise a genuine or counterfeit note.

Police added: “If you handle cash on a regular basis it is well worth adding to your device.

“If you have any information to pass with regard to counterfeit currency, please send us a message via Facebook, use the 101 service, or contact CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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