Uh-oh. Fake money seems to be making rounds again.
A blogger of a food site called thisiswhyimjubis.wordpress.com recently shared a word of warning to everyone: “Beware: fake money is going around,” he writes. He took it to social media to share his experience, in hopes to spare others from the unpleasant experience he, himself, went through. The blogger shared these pictures and wrote:
“BEWARE: FAKE MONEY IS GOING AROUND!
I was buying from a store, and when I was paying for the stuff, I handed this P100 bill to the cashier. The cashier looked at the money and asked if I had another P100. I asked what the problem was, and he said that the money was fake. I looked at it, AND OMG THIS P100 IS INDEED FAKE! He asked me where I got this change, and I honestly don’t remember which store it was from.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BE VIGILANT! When getting change, MAKE SURE YOU TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THE MONEY THEY’RE HANDING YOU, EVEN IF YOU’RE IN A HURRY.
These photos show the fake P100 bill (front and back). You could tell that it’s fake with the material and the blurred print on it. Also, it’s smaller than the real P100 bill. My mistake is not checking the money when given change.
I urge you to please take the time to double check your cash, especially when buying from any store. Before you leave, check that the bill you’re getting is real. Don’t make the mistake I made. Don’t let your hard earned money go to waste just because someone printed and used these maliciously.
Looking at your cash will only take a few seconds. Please please please be vigilant.
PLEASE SHARE SO THAT EVERYONE WOULD BE AWARE!”
The blogger shares that despite being relieved that it was only a 100 peso bill and not—worse—a 500 or 1,000 peso bill, he still feels robbed. Which, truthfully, really is like the same thing.
Don’t lose your hard-earned money this way. Keep your big transactions cashless, as much as possible. Utilize your ATMs, debit, or credit cards. Stay vigilant, folks. And to protect yourself from this scam, brush up on how to distinguish fake money through this informative document by Bangko Sentral: Know Your Philippine Currency