21-year-old man arrested for using counterfeit $50 notes in Choa Chu Kang

SINGAPORE - A 21-year-old man has been arrested for using counterfeit $50 notes in Choa Chu Kang in two cases over the weekend, the police said in a statement on Tuesday (Feb 13).

In the first case, the man is believed to have presented two fake notes at a convenience store in Choa Chu Kang Street 51 on Saturday. The police received a report about it at 1.50pm on Monday and seized the notes as case exhibits.

Officers from the Commercial Affairs Department identified the suspect through follow-up investigations and arrested him in Choa Chu Kang Street 51 at about 5pm on Monday.

They seized a printer, a laptop and several pieces of $50 and $100 notes, believed to be counterfeits, as case exhibits.

The man is believed to be involved in another similar case on Sunday, preliminary investigations revealed.

He will be charged in court with the offence of using counterfeit currency notes as genuine ones.

If found guilty, he may be jailed for up to 20 years and fined.

The counterfeit $50 and $100 notes, which are believed to be photocopied reproductions, lack security features on the real notes such as the watermark - an image that can be seen when held up to the light.

The fake notes simulated security features such as the kinegram and security-thread, but these were distinctively different from the ones on genuine notes.

The counterfeit notes also did not have the embossed surface that genuine ones possess.

Anyone who suspects that they have received a counterfeit note should adopt the following measures:

1. Delay the person giving you the note, if possible, and call the police at 999 immediately.

2. Observe the appearance of the person giving you the note, taking into account features such as gender, race, age, height, build, attire, ear studs, and language or dialect spoken. Also observe these features of their companions, if any.

3. Note the person's vehicle registration number, if any.

4. Limit the handling of the suspected note and place it in a protective covering, such as an envelope, to prevent any tampering. Hand it over to the police immediately.

For more information on security features of genuine Singapore currency, visit the Monetary Authority of Singapore's website.