More Hongkongers are spending their weekends in Macau, where a downturn in the gaming industry has made almost everything from hotels to food and entertainment a lot cheaper than before.
Naturally, most of them use Hong Kong dollar notes for transactions in the former Portuguese enclave. But there’s the rub.
Some unscrupulous merchants are suspected of using Macau’s 10 and 50 pataca notes for change and passing them off as HK$100 and HK$500 bills, according to an Apple Daily report.
A 10 pataca note is a bit smaller than a HK$100 bill, but both are red and issued by Bank of China.
A 50 pataca note looks similar to a HK$500 bill as both are brown in color.
If one pays attention, it is easy to tell the difference. But if the notes are mixed together in a pile, someone may fall for the trick.
(One pataca is roughly equal to one Hong Kong dollar in value.)
Mind your change: 10-pataca swindlers are back! (July 16, 2015)
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