Man Arrested For Using Counterfeit S$50 Note

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The Police have arrested a 25-year-old man for his suspected involvement in using a counterfeit S$50 note in Singapore.

On 12 February 2019 at about 10.00pm, a private hire car driver reported that she had received a counterfeit S$50 note as fare payment from a passenger. The driver noticed the lack of security features on the note and rejected it. She then returned the counterfeit S$50 note to the passenger and subsequently lodged a police report.

Through follow-up investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department and Woodlands Police Division arrested the suspect along Marsiling Rise on 18 February 2019 at about 2.00pm. The man was found with counterfeit S$100 notes in his possession. The counterfeit S$100 notes, a colour printer and a handphone were seized as case exhibits.

The man will be charged in court on 20 February 2019. Anyone convicted for using counterfeit currency notes as genuine currency notes shall be punished with an imprisonment term which may extend to 20 years, and shall also be liable to a fine.

The Police would like to remind the public to adopt the following measures if a suspected counterfeit currency note is received:

Report it to the nearest Neighbourhood Police Centre;

If there is a presenter, please delay him/her, if possible. Call the Police at '999' immediately;

Observe the presenter's descriptions, such as gender, race, age, height, built, clothing, tattoo, language/dialect spoken as well as that of any companions;

Note the vehicle registration number of the presenter (if any); and

Limit the handling of the suspected note and place it in a protective covering, such as an envelope, to prevent further tampering. Hand it over to the Police immediately.

Information on the security features of genuine Singapore currency is available on the Monetary Authority of Singapore's website at: http://www.mas.gov.sg/Currency/Security-Features/How-to-identify-genuine-notes.aspx

Source: Singapore Police Force