Garda warning about gang using forged sterling twenty pound notes to dupe retailers.

The gang have been deceiving traders in Waterford city, Carrick-on-Suir, and in Polestown, County Kilkenny where they purchased mainly low value stock in local shops and took the change in legitimate money. The three man gang has been paying in sterling without asking for the value of the exchange rate. Shopkeepers were glad to get the sterling until they discovered it was fake. There have so far been about twenty cases of shopkeepers being swindled. 

The notes are the older variety of British twenty pound note and the forgeries are said to be of good quality, not easily distinguishable from the real thing. 

Only when you hold it up to the light do you see that the dud has no watermark and no silver thread.

Gardaí are trying the trace the gang of men in their twenties and thirties described as of "roughish appearance". 

Garda Inspector Gerry Harrington advises people to check notes carefully, holding them up to the light checking carefully for the metallic thread and the watermark. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 January 1985. The reporter is Michael Ryan.