Since this story has come to light, your Lytham St Annes News has been informed that what was described as a “polite young gentleman” attempted to use a £50 note in Booths, Lytham to purchase a low value item. The checkout assistant decided to scrutinise the note and while the note was being examined the young gentleman “scarpered”.
Business owners, taxi drivers and the general public are being advised to be on their guard as there has been a surge in fake £50 notes in the area.
A shop owner in St Annes told your Lytham St Annes News site “two young men came into my store and bought a small value item for £50, they both seemed pleasant enough so I didn’t think anything of it. It wasn’t till they had left that I realised that the £50 note they gave me was a dud. I feel so silly that I have been taken in by them”.
It has come to light that the reason for the spike in fake notes is due to their availability on the Dark Web, and even on such reputable sites as Ebay.
Above: Fake money for sale on Ebay.