Man Arrested for Using Counterfeit S$50 Portrait Series Notes

The Police have arrested a 21-year-old man who is believed to be involved in two separate cases of using S$50counterfeit notes along Choa Chu Kang Street 51 on 10 and 11 February 2018 respectively.

On 12 February 2018 at about 1.50pm, the Police received a report that two S$50counterfeit notes were presented for payment at a convenience store along Choa Chu Kang Street 51 on 10 February 2018. These notes were seized as case exhibits.

Through follow-up investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the suspect’s identity and arrested him along Choa Chu Kang Street 51 on 12 February 2018 at about 5.00pm. A printer, a laptop and several pieces of S$50 and S$100 notes, which are believed to be counterfeits, were seized as case exhibits. Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is believed to be involved in a similar case on 11 February 2018.

The man will be charged in Court on 13 February 2018 at 4.00pm with the offence of Using As Genuine Counterfeit Currency Notes under Section 489B of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. Anyone convicted of the offence shall be punished with imprisonment term which may extend to 20 years, and shall also be liable to fine.

The counterfeit S$50 and S$100 notes, which are believed to be photocopied reproductions, lack security features such as the watermark (an image that can be seen when held up to the light). The simulated security features such as the kinegram and security-thread are also distinctively different from those on genuine notes. The surface of the counterfeit notes also lack the embossed feel on genuine notes.

If you suspect that you have received a counterfeit currency note, please adopt the following measures:-

Delay the presenter, if possible, and call the Police at ‘999’ immediately;

Observe the presenter’s description, such as gender, race, age, height, built, attire, ear-studs, language or dialect spoken as well as that of any companions;

Note the vehicle registration number (if any); and

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

Information on the security features of genuine Singapore currency is available on the MAS’ website at:

Source: Singapore Police Force

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