Unscrupulous persons are taking advantage of the big crowds in Christchurch to circulate fake banknotes.
A fake $20 and a fake $100 have been handed in by city bar staff this morning says O/C Fraud Squad, Detective Sergeant Virginia Le Bas.
"They are not very good," she says "but there are a lot of people in town who do not have much experience with NZ money. The notes have obviously already fooled a couple of busy bar staff."
Bar staff are warned to be vigilant and check all bank notes before accepting them.
The public should be careful to check that notes have a watermark and the strip through them before accepting change.
"While only a couple of notes have been handed in so far, there are likely to be more out there," Virginia Le Bas warns.