Police urge public to be aware of fake bank notes

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Issue 260, Page 3
Word count: 211
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Judiciary Police was yesterday urging residents to be aware of receiving fake bank notes after a local bank reportedly received six yuan counterfeits at its six branches from different persons within a day.

Five women and a man, who police believe did not have knowledge of the notes’ authenticity and did not know each other, made a deposit of Chinese Renminbi (yuan) at different branches of the bank on Tuesday.

Police spokesperson Chan Kin Hong said it was not common to see a bank receive a high quantity of fake notes on the same day.

In each of the six deposits, Mr Chan said one fake note of yuan was discovered among other genuine bank notes.

Five fake notes with a face value of 100 Renminbi and one with 20 Renminbi were detected by the branches in total.

The residents told police they obtained the counterfeit notes from daily purchases or business transactions during the past few days in Macau.

Police urged the public to pay attention when given suspected fake currencies. And if received and found not to be genuine, Mr Chan said that people should not attempt to use or exchange it but report it to police, otherwise they may be at risk of being laid with charges.

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