Po­lice warn of fake money

Lesotho Times - - News -

PO­LICE are hunt­ing down a syn­di­cate sus­pected to be in pos­ses­sion of an undis­closed amount of fake South African ban­knotes.

Po­lice spokesper­son Clifford Molefe said it was not pos­si­ble as yet to quan­tify the ex­act amount of fake notes do­ing the rounds in the mar­ket but urged the pub­lic to be on guard.

“There are fake R100 ban­knotes mak­ing the rounds in the mar­ket and a man sus­pected to be part of the syn­di­cate was re­manded in cus­tody. He was found in pos­ses­sion of two fake R100 ban­knotes,” Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said.

He said the po­lice are trail­ing an­other man sus­pected of be­ing from the same syn­di­cate, who was in pos­ses­sion of sim­i­lar fake notes.

“An­other fake R100 note was taken off the mar­ket af­ter at­tempts to de­posit it in one of the lo­cal com­mer­cial banks.

“Mem­bers of the pub­lic must be vig­i­lant when re­ceiv­ing monies at all times. Part of the fea­tures of the fake ban­knotes are that the Man­dela pic­ture is drawn by hand in­stead of be­ing en­crypted by a ma­chine. The colours of the sil­ver lin­ings are not bold and shiny as seen in an orig­i­nal note,” Se­nior in­spec­tor Molefe said.

Crim­i­nals deal­ing in fake ban­knotes nor­mally try to ex­change them in small quan­ti­ties at a time in the mar­ket to avoid get­ting de­tected.

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