You can never be too careful when it comes to your money

Imagine the dismay as you approach a cashier to pay for your goods only to be told that your money is fake – this happened to one unlucky resident.

On July 25, Ms Marti Latilla received the bad news as she wanted to pay for her shopping at Dischem.

“I was paying for my transaction with a R100 note when the teller informed me that it was a fake, I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

On Monday July 24 Latilla visited two well know stores in Reyno Ridge where she went to make cash withdrawals at their tellers.

“I drew money to pay my domestic worker for the month, and to have some money on hand,” she said.


Ms Marti Latilla holds up a real and a fake bank note to the light, clearly showing the water mark and ‘windowed security thread’.

Latilla suspects she received the illegitimate note then.

“I avoid making cash withdrawals at ATMs,” she said.

Now she sits with a fake note not knowing what to do with it, and worse she has been defrauded of R100, which in today’s economy isn’t small change.

“If you happen to come across one at the teller or cashier you can immediately exchange it. If you still have your slip after making a withdrawal you can return it to the bank but must prove that it is fake and you are not guaranteed to get your money back,” said Sgt David Ratau, Witbank Police communications liaison.

Read how to identify these fake notes HERE, as all notes are printed with defining characteristics that you should know about, it might just save you losing money.

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