Fake P1000 bills caught in Dumaguete
DUMAGUETE CITY — The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in Negros Oriental has cautioned the public against fake peso bills following reports of bogus P1000 bills circulating in the province.
Dr. Greg Baccay, head of the BSP-Negros Oriental’s Economic and Financial Learning Center, on Wednesday said two clients of a bank branch in Dumaguete City presented what appeared to be fake P1000 notes for deposit transactions in just one day.
Baccay, however, said nobody could immediately tell whether a banknote was fake, even though its appearance may show telltale signs.
There is a process whereby a supposed fake banknote is being documented by the bank, forwarded to the BSP, which, in turn will have to forward it to the main office for verification.
The clients claimed to have no knowledge as to the source or sources of the fake notes.
Baccay, intentional circulation of fake bank notes carries a criminal liability, unless proven otherwise that the holder of the fake bill was “innocent”.
There are strict security features in the Philippine peso notes that not all are aware of, Baccay said.
He said their information and education campaign against fake bank notes has continued without let-up so the public would learn to differentiate genuine bills from those that are counterfeit. (PNA)