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01 June 2010 :: 12:06:45 pm 23280

Detailed Counterfeit Currency Operation Revealed in Pattaya

Police have recently made a statement to all businesses and residents of Pattaya to be aware of a highly effective and detailed counterfeit money ring operating in the area. Over the past few months increasing amounts of counterfeit 100, 500 and 1,000 baht notes are being handed in to police in a suspected large scale counterfeit operation.
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Pattaya, the 31st of May 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 5:00pm on Monday, police Lieutenant Colonel Tharathep Toopanich (Pattaya Police Deputy Superintendent) made a public announcement for all businesses and residents of Pattaya to maintain vigilance during all monetary transactions due to the emergence of a suspected large scale counterfeit ring operating in the area.

At present police speculate that the increased numbers of counterfeit notes are the making of one highly efficient and detailed gang, specialising in the counterfeiting of the Bt500 bank note. Although various counterfeit 100 and 1,000 baht notes have also appeared the Bt500 bank note is the primary denomination being forged.

Lt. Col. Toopanich believes that the ongoing global economic crisis and a downturn in tourism to the area has forced counterfeiters into increasing their supply of the illegal currency, as surrendered counterfeit notes have increased significantly over the past few months at all Pattaya Police stations and surrounding sub-districts.

Police urge all businesses and residents to remain vigilant in their monetary transactions, looking for the tell tale signs of forgery (listed below) on any money they receive. Small businesses and street vendors are particularly being targeted in the scam as transactions are done at a more frenetic pace and money checks are usually not done by the owners or customers.

Specific anti-counterfeiting features to look out for on the 500 baht notes include;

– On the front of the note (His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej side) there is silvery metallic/holographic strip running from top to bottom on the left hand-side. The detail of the strip should contain repeating designs of the Royal emblem/seal followed by the Thai numeral for ‘500.’

– To the right of the Kings portrait (front of the note) there is a blank space which contains a holographic watermark of the King.

– Inset into the Thai numeral ‘500’ printing (bottom left on the front) smaller Arabic ‘500’ should be seen written inside, in detail.

– The colour of the serial numbers/letters (bottom right on the front) should be red and change to a luminous orange colour when held under ultraviolet light.

– There should be a holographic lotus leaf contained within a small circle to the bottom right of the Kings portrait on the front of the note (some notes the lotus is partially printed and will become whole when viewed up against the light).

– To the left of the Thai numeral ‘500’ (bottom left on the front) is a darken space where when held at an angle the Arabic numerals ‘500’ appears.

– On the rear of the note there should be a broken metallic line running from top to bottom on the right hand side next to the image of H.M. King Nangklao (Rama III). This line is embedded metallic fibres woven into the paper of the note for security and anti-counterfeit purposes.

Note: All Thai currency (bank notes) have similar anti-counterfeit and security features to the 500 baht note detailed above. We urge local residents and tourists to take a minute to examine each note and become accustomed to the designs and detail used in the artwork and security measures to help you in determining if you are given a counterfeit. In addition if you sincerely suspect that you are in possession of a counterfeit note, immediately surrender the evidence to police along with any details that you can provide about the transaction involving the note.

Pattaya police urge all businesses and residents to be vigilant in their monetary dealings and help prevent the spread of these counterfeit notes. If anyone suspects that they may have been given a counterfeit note/s, details of the person/s, location, business, time, date and nature of the purchase can all be helpful in assisting the police to track down the source of the illegal currency operation.

Reporter : Kong Siptis   Photo : Kong Siptis   Category : Crime News

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