SINGAPORE — The police have issued an advisory to warn members of the public about counterfeit Singapore currency notes.
There have been several police reports of fake $100 and $50 portrait series notes that were used at convenience stores, restaurants and retail outlets, the Singapore Police Force said in a post on Facebook on Wednesday (12 June).
Three men, aged between 25 and 29, have been arrested over offences related to counterfeit currency notes between 5 May and 4 June.
The counterfeit $100 notes in the cases reported have the serial number 3AX412083, while those of the counterfeit $50 notes bear these serial numbers: 0FF875629, 3DL273922, 4DZ985604, 5HS436415, 5LV797440, 5LP297324, 5CK878136 and 5JH230011.
A person who is convicted of using fake currency notes faces a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine. The possession of counterfeit currency note carries a jail term of up to 15 years.
The Police advised members of the public that if they have received any suspected counterfeit currency note, they should:
Report it to the nearest Neighbourhood Police Centre;
Delay the person(s) who presented the suspected counterfeit note, if possible, and call the Police at ‘999’ immediately;
Note of description of the person(s) who presented the counterfeit note, including gender, race, age, height, built, clothing, tattoo and language/dialect spoken;
Note the description of the vehicle used, if any, including its registration number; and
Limit the handling of the suspected counterfeit note and place it in a protective covering, such as an envelope, to prevent further tampering. Hand it over to the Police immediately.
Anyone with information on the recent cases should call the police hotline on 1800-255-0000.