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'Fake' cash flushed down toilet was real

22nd June 2011

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A businessman flushed hundreds of pounds of ‘fake’ notes down the toilet only to discover they were real.

The Scottish man  asked not to be identified after he obtained around £200 in £20 notes from an ATM on the Isle of Lewis off the north coast of Scotland.

The notes were rejected by the Royal Bank of Scotland and Bank of Scotland after warnings of a counterfeiting operation and the businessman. He then tore them up and flushed them down the toilet.

But Inspector Robbie MacDonald, of the Northern Constabulary, said tests by Britain's Serious and Organised Crime Agency later discovered that they were genuine.

The businessman is blaming the bank for their ‘failure’ to not properly spot fake notes, and said he had flushed the ‘fake’ notes as a ‘public duty’ to stop them being used elsewhere.

A spokesman for the Bank of Scotland said: "We found what we thought were inconsistencies with some banknotes and as a precaution we set these notes aside so they were no longer in circulation."

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