New scam by the “Fake Money” gang
September 4, 2008
Have you experienced making a payment in a shop or restaurant and the cashier told you your money was fake?
PMT member denshow10 had the exact same experience when he dined in a Pizza Hut branch last week. When he paid, the cashier told him the bill he was using did not have the names of the Philippine President and the Bangko Sentral Governor and, therefore, must be fake.
In the Fake Php 1,000 bill discussion thread, another PMT member mokoy222 mentioned that this may just be the modus operandi of a swindling gang. He knows this because he himself became a victim.
mokoy22 once shopped in a mini-grocery and when he paid, the cashier told him his money was fake. Perplexed how this could have happened, he simply decided to replace it with a new bill and left. The next day, his uncle went to the same grocery and this time when he paid, he too was told his money was fake. He was surprised because the money came directly from a bank’s ATM.
Weeks later, they learned that the cashier and grocery store owner were apprehended by the police. Apparently, the modus operandi was for the cashier to replace a customer’s bill with counterfeit money from a pile of fakes hiding under the counter. The suspects got caught because the police found many customers complaining about the same scamming incident from the grocery store.
So when paying in a shop or restaurant, be vigilant when the store cashier takes your cash. Otherwise, you might be the next victim of the “Fake Money” gang.
Discuss this and other “fake money” stories in the Fake Php 1,000 bill thread in the PMT Forum.