Date
26 March 2017
HSBC released the HK$150 commemorative banknote in June to mark its 150th anniversary. Notes with special or unusual serial numbers are highly sought after by collectors. Photo: HKEJ
HSBC released the HK$150 commemorative banknote in June to mark its 150th anniversary. Notes with special or unusual serial numbers are highly sought after by collectors. Photo: HKEJ

Beware: Fake HSBC anniversary banknotes are circulating

If it looks suspicious, it’s fake.

A Mong Kok shop owner has that to say after nearly falling for a bogus HSBC commemorative banknote.

The man said he was approached by a mainlander who wanted to sell a note with a serial number ending with 22222 for HK$12,000 (US$1,548).

Apple Daily is reporting that notes with such unusual serial numbers are highly sought after by collectors.

The shop owner found that at least two of the digits had been forged.

He said the seller might have been a scam victim.

HSBC launched the HK$150 note on June 9 to mark its 150th anniversary.

About two million pieces were released including a limited tender with special numbers which have seen brisk sales.

A note numbered HK688888 has an asking price of HK$60,000 to HK$130,000, according to Apple Daily. 

It said its reporters received a picture of a fake note numbered AA368888 being sold online for HK$15,000.

The actual numbers are clearly visible under the forged digits, it said.

Police said they have yet to receive reports about such counterfeit bills.

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