Fake money used in city

2015-08-19 09:17
Pietermaritzburg SAPS spokesperson Constable Mthokozisi Ngobese holds up the counterfeit money used to pay for petrol at the Hans Schroder Shell Garage last Saturday. Two of the serial numbers on the notes are all the same.

Pietermaritzburg SAPS spokesperson Constable Mthokozisi Ngobese holds up the counterfeit money used to pay for petrol at the Hans Schroder Shell Garage last Saturday. Two of the serial numbers on the notes are all the same. (Ian Carbutt)

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A MAN allegedly paying out counterfeit money appears to have been caught red-handed on CCTV when handing three fake R200 notes to a petrol attendant last Saturday.

This follows the police seizure of over R46 000 in counterfeit money over the weekend, with the arrest of three men in connection with the manufacturing of fake bills.

Hans Schroder Motors Shell Garage manager Alison O’Connor said a man driving a taxi pulled into the petrol station in Victoria Road at 6 pm on Saturday night and asked the garage attendant to fill his tank with R600 worth of petrol.

“The CCTV footage shows the taxi driver ask the attendant to fill his tank. He then got out of the taxi and stood next to the pump and the attendant as if to make sure she filled it up with R600 exactly, and [he] would not need to ask her for change.

“He appears very relaxed and he seems in no rush.”

O’ Connor said he then asked the attendant for a receipt and as the attendant approached the cashier, she realised that the money felt wrong.

“When she gave the money to the cashier, she inspected it and said she didn’t think she was real, but the time our attendant had turned around to walk back to the taxi, he was gone.”

The fake bills were three R200 notes, two of which had the same serial number and were printed on smooth paper.

Pietermaritzburg SAPS spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said although they had arrested three men in connection with the manufacturing of counterfeit money this past weekend, police were investigating the possibility of another counterfeiting syndicate operating in Pietermaritzburg.

“We arrested three men for the manufacturing of counterfeit money and seized ink, hundreds of blank A4 pages and the printer, however, we are unsure how much money was distributed before the SAPS arrested them.

“We are investigating to see if there is a new syndicate in operation and we encourage people to be very wary when exchanging cash, especially businesses.

“If you are unsure about the authenticity of the note, delay the person who has handed you the bill and call the police.”

He said if anyone had money they thought was fake, they should take it to the bank or the police to check.

To read how to identify an authentic bank note, visit the South African Reserve Bank’s website

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