Bengaluru, April 16: Beware Bangaloreans, you might be counting fake currency notes everyday. You might be aware of counterfeit notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination. But fraudsters have now come up with fake Rs 10, 20 and 50 notes.
Such fake currency notes are being circulated across the city. People are being duped of such counterfeit notes of these denominations while travelling in autos, buses.
Earlier people used to take time while exchanging Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes as they were aware of the racket which spreads fake currency notes. Now, citizens have been struggling as they are encountered with Rs 10, 20, 50 notes everyday.
Arun Kumar Modak, a retired person who lives in JP Nagar, said, "I was very happy when four fresh currency notes of Rs 10 greeted me on a Sunday morning. However, it took only a few seconds to realise that all notes were fake."
The 65-year-old had received those four fake notes from a newspaper vendor. Mr Modak was shocked to find out that the vendor was very much aware of the fact he had given counterfeit notes and took back the notes without uttering a single word.
According to sources, numbers of such notes have in the last few days. People in Bengaluru have been experiencing similar kind of incidents while dealing with vegetable vendors, auto drivers, bus conductors.
32-year-old Arunima, a software engineer by profession, said, "Today the autowala gave a fake note of Rs 50. However, I identified that it was fake and returned it to him. This was not the first time that I got a fake not of Rs 50."
Prabhu, a vegetable vendor, told OneIndia that everyday he gets fake notes of Rs 10, 20 and 50. He said, "I was too late for the first time to realise my mistake as I came to know about this when banks rejected the notes."[Read: RBI launches website to explain detection of fake currency]
While it is difficult to differentiate between the real and fake notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations, identifying real currency notes of Rs 10, 20 and 50 is not difficult. It's very easy to differentiate as they are very thin and transparent.