A news in Malaysia Star reported about three hawker stalls and one newspaper vendor were cheated in the past two weeks by customers who paid using forged notes at their shops in Desa Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. The victims were paid the RM50 notes during peak business hours and they did not have the time to check. The news reported that the notes are made using half a RM50 note and the other half printed and pasted on paper. What I heard is that they used two paper and glue it together so the the security thread look realistic.
Photo by Star: Chan showing fake RM50 notes.
“There were so many customers at my shop so when I received the RM50, it never occurred to me to check. I only realised it was fake at the end of the day when I was counting the day’s collection. The particular note felt different,” said hawker stall owner Chan Kam Wii.
Coffee shop owner Tan Poh Teng said his workers also received two fake RM50 notes during a busy period.
“I took the money to the bank and then only then found out about the fake notes.”
The victims highlighted the matter to MCA Wangsa Maju chairman Datuk Yew Teong Look.
“Forgery is a serious offence and I will report this to the police. I advice the public, especially those conducting businesses, to look out for these culprits,” he said.
Yew said notices on the forged notes would be placed in the Desa Setapak area to alert the public.
Photo by Kosmo: Ko Oong showing 4 of the fake notes.
Forgery is an offence but without a good enforcement team, people will keep on going making counterfeit banknotes. Forgery happen in so many country. Even United States have problem with fake notes but they have a very good enforcement team. Putting notices will not helping since not everyone know how to check for fakes notes. For me, that is just a political way to settle people complaint. In the end, that place will be vandalize with new ah-long advertisement "Awas! Wang Kertas palsu RM50". Wish that notice will come with a phone number.
Source: Star.com.my, Kosmo.com.my
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