Using counterfeit currency is one of the oldest forms of fraud in the world, going back to the time when the concept of money—particularly paper money—was first invented. Despite measures the BSP has taken to mitigate this crime, counterfeiting is still a serious cause for concern, with reports of fake money allegedly making their way into ATMs.
A recent CCTV video making the rounds on Facebook shows two suspects—one wearing a red shirt and a blue baseball cap, the other wearing an orange shirt—attempting to buy merchandise with a fake 1,000 Peso bill at a sari-sari store along Maharlika Street, in Tondo, Manila.
The incident, which occurred on the morning of April 2, shows the two individuals paying for cigarettes with the fake note and attempting to distract the store’s cashier. However, she noticed something was amiss with the bill and confronted the two suspects, who said it was from the bank.
Another patron who was at the scene inspected the bill and confirmed it was a fake.
Footage of the incident was uploaded on Facebook with the accompanying warning:
PUBLIC AWARENESS: MAG-INGAT SA MODUS NG MGA TAONG ITO. Sa mga kaybigan ko, ingat po tayo sa modus nito ni “Buchok” na naka kulay “orange” at dun sa isang kasama nya na di pa nakikilala na nka color “red at may suot na cap” , isa po itong mamamaltok sa maka tuwid po nagbayad po sila ng “Fake” na pera sa amin tindahan, ngunit sila po ay sumablay sa tulong po ng kapit bahay namin na nag malasakit. – where : tondo, manila (maharlika street)