Counterfeit cash warning
Police are warning retailers to be on the lookout for counterfeit bank notes being used in the North Island.
The notes of $20, $50 and $100 denominations have apparently been used in shops and supermarkets to buy a small item and receive legitimate cash as change.
Retailers needed to be aware of the issue leading up to Easter weekend, Senior Sergeant Simon King said.
If retailers were suspicious about counterfeit notes, they should consider refusing it, record a description of the person offering it, record the number plate and description of the person's car if there was one, and call police while the person was in or near the shop, King said.
Police also warned retailers to consider their own safety first when dealing with such people.