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Watch out for fake £20 notes in southern Thailand – and watch out for this guy!

Shops in the South exchanging foreign currency should be on the lookout after a spate of cases of fake British money coming on the market.

fake-twenty-pound-notes-thailand There have been several cases in Koh Phangan and also on Koh Tao, reported Thairath.

The money is usually fake £20 banknotes.

CCTV captured a man at a shop on Koh Phangan on Wednesday who came into Bun Travel and Hotel to change £100 in twenties.

He gave his name as Lewis Callill (name transliterated from Thai). The owner of the shop, Surirat Dunlop, 36, said that the tourist said he was from Britain. He had a friend on a motorbike outside – with the engine running.

When she handed over the Thai money – 4,400 baht – he left in a hurry without bothering to count it.

fake-twenty-pound-notes-thailand-1When she went to the Krung Sri Ayuthaya bank on the island to exchange herself she got the bad news. The bank told reporters that this was the third case on the island in the last month.

There have also been reports of fake £20 notes being exchanged in Koh Tao.

Banks have advised shops exchanging money to get a machine with a “backlight” to identify fake money.

Somchai Noppasri of the Koh Phangan police said they had a clear image of the suspect from CCTV.

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