Hereford & Worcester

Police warning over 'fake' Tesco stamps

Police are urging shoppers to be vigilant after a woman was detained in a supermarket unaware she was trying to redeem fake Tesco saving stamps.

The store in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, called police when the woman presented the stamps on Friday.

The fakes are self-adhesive unlike the genuine stamps which are moistened to stick in booklets, police said.

No action was taken against the woman, who bought them in good faith, they added.

'Lost her money'

People are advised to only buy the £1 stamps from an authorised machine at the stores.

"There are other subtle differences but the message is that if you are offered stamps at less than the face value you should be suspicious and alert the police immediately," the spokesman said.

"The woman who tried to use one of the £50 booklets at the store has not only lost her money, as the stamps she had bought from another source were counterfeit, but she has also had the inconvenience of being detained at the store while we attended and made inquiries."

A Tesco spokesman said they would assist the police with their inquiries.

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