It’s not just counterfeit HK$50 (US$6.44) bills that are being circulated: a fake HK$20 currency note was also seen last week.
A woman reported on Facebook that she received a poorly produced HK$20 fake note from an outlet of a fast-food chain, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Tuesday.
The netizen said the fake bill was far from perfect, and the texture was very different from that of a genuine one.
The metallic thread embedded in the banknote was not lined up straight, and it looked like it had been slapped onto the bill by hand.
The color and lettering were quite blurred, as well.
The woman said the store manager offered her a genuine HK$20 note in the end.
Police said 2,198 counterfeit banknotes were seized last year.
There were 222 fake bills collected during the first quarter of this year, 164 of them being HK$1,000, HK$500 or HK$100 bills.
The remainder were made up of 22 HK$50, 21 HK$20 and 15 HK$10 bills.
The serial number of the fake HK$20 note was DA692672, Apple Daily reported.
Police sources said the fake notes confiscated were mainly produced using laser or inkjet printers and their quality was in general average or poor.
Most stall owners at the Ngau Chi Wan market told hk01.com reporters they have become more vigilant after the fake HK$50 banknotes surfaced last week.
A vegetable stall owner surnamed Hung said he had memorized the last three digits of the fake HK$50 bills to avoid accepting one when customers pay.
He said the potential loss from fake HK$20 notes is smaller, and therefore vendors are less concerned about them.
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