The Police have arrested a 25-year-old man for his suspected involvement in using a counterfeit S$50 note.

On 29 April 2019, the Police were alerted to a case where the man attempted to pay with a piece of S$50 counterfeit note at a convenience store located along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8. The man fled before the victim called for the Police.

Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identity of the man and arrested him on 2 June 2019. The S$50 counterfeit note, a mobile phone, a thumb drive which contained some images of S$50/- and S$100/- portrait series notes, a pair of scissors and a forged identification document were seized.

The man will be charged in court on 4 June 2018 with using as genuine counterfeit currency notes under Section 489B of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. If convicted, he shall be punished with an imprisonment term which may extend to 20 years, and shall also be liable to fine. Anyone who is convicted for possessing as genuine counterfeit currency notes shall be punished with an imprisonment term which may extend to 15 years.

The Police would like to remind the public to adopt the following measures if a suspected counterfeit currency note is received:

Report it to the nearest Neighbourhood Police Centre;

If there is a presenter, please delay him/her, if possible. Call the Police at '999' immediately;

Observe the presenter's descriptions, such as gender, race, age, height, built, clothing, tattoo, language/dialect spoken as well as that of any companions;

Note the vehicle registration number of the presenter (if any); and

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

Source: Singapore Police Force