Petrol Stations Warned To Watch Out For Fake Bank Notes During The Holiday SeasonPetrol stations have been advised to be vigilant during the coming holiday season as criminals take advantage of the busy period to offload counterfeit bank notes.
Siracha, 19th Dec 2010 (PDN) The National Central Bank has warned the general public and business owners to be on their guard against an expected epidemic of fake bank notes during the Christmas and New Year season, a busy period during which criminals take the opportunity to dispose of counterfeit money.
Especially vulnerable are crowded and central areas, shopping areas and dimly lit areas where it is harder to see if a bank note is genuine or fake. Petrol stations are especially busy at this time of year, whether for filling petrol, or buying goods in the minimart, and they have been advised to be extra vigilant during the holiday season.
Mister Vibhul Rakthongsuk, the executive vice president of the business group ‘Janpen Sriracha’ in Chonburi, said that most petrol station owners share their concern about fake bank notes and robberies at the minimarts, which are open 24/7 during the holidays and present an easy target for criminals. He said that vigilance is the order of the day, and the installation of more 24 hour security cameras is advised because if something should happen, events will at least be recorded.
Furthermore we should know how to look out for counterfeit notes. Apart from the general appearance, when bank notes are rubbed they make a certain sound. If the sound is “tight” then the paper is special and notes are genuine. Another good sign is to rub the words “government” and the number value of the banknote, as these should be embossed. Furthermore, the foil strip of a fake bank note will reflect light with more difficulty.
Anyone discovering a fake bank note is strictly advised to hand it in to the police or to the Thai National Central bank, and not to re-use it as this is illegal. For those caught distributing counterfeit bank notes the penalty is lifetime imprisonment, or 10 – 20 years in prison and a fine of 20,000 – 40,000 Baht.