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Police are warning citizens and tourists in Trang to beware of counterfeit 1,000 baht banknotes circulating around the province.
Pol.Maj.Gen. Jirawat Udomsuk, a commander of Trang provincial police, said he has received a number of complaints about the fake bills in the past week.
“We still don’t know who the perpetrators are,” Pol.Maj.Gen. Jirawat said. “We are informing the public via the media to be vigilant. When they receive banknotes, they should check the notes for their own safety.”
Suphaporn Somsri-ngam, a 37-year-old tea vendor in front of Trang Hospital, said a pair of customers gave her a 1,000 baht bill on 20 July, and she only realised after closing down the shop that the bill was fake.
“I want to warn other people to be careful,” Ms Suphaporn told our correspondent. “It looks very real.”
Another alleged victim of the crime, a chicken vendor named Nilnate Ngoensri, said she was given a fake 1,000 baht note on 19 July by a female customer.
Police say both banknotes bear the serial number 9A3828862.
Those convicted of counterfeiting money can face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of 40,000 baht. Those who deliberately use counterfeit banknotes are also subject to up to 15 years in jail.