Be vigilant: Fake R200 notes still in circulation — police

2010-06-22 00:00

FAKE R200 notes are still in circulation in South Africa, according to the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure, which yesterday warned international visitors about the problem.

In May, many businesses refused to accept R200 notes, leaving consumers who got them from ATMs crying foul. While the R200 notes could be exchanged at banks, The Witness reported that many consumers were complaining that the notes they tendered were not being replaced.

At that time, some banks told the newspaper there is no blanket policy to exchange fake notes, and that only if they were satisfied with the validity of the claim would they make the exchange.

Consumers were advised to ensure that they were receiving valid notes.

The SA Reserve Bank has since issued a new R200 note, but police spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo has warned that the problem has not gone away. He said visitors need to be vigilant when changing their currency and avoid informal money changers.

Naidoo said the problem appears to be the same all over South Africa and that the police are following leads, which cannot be shared at this stage.

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