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Have You Ever Spent a Forged Banknote?

Have you ever tried to pass a forged banknote? I’m not talking about deliberately issuing dud notes all around town, but in all innocence, having been given one without realizing it was fake. It happened to me once.

Years ago, when I worked on the roofs, my workmate and I took a load of slates we had stripped from a roof to a depot, where we would exchange them for cash. Used slates in good condition are worth a lot of money, and new slates are expensive, so many people opt to use recycled ones.

We took the van loaded with these slates to a the depot of local roofing contractor. After unloading the slates, we were given a couple of hundred pounds for very little work. My share in this was a single twenty-pound note.

On the way home, I called in at my local fruit and vegetable store to get some potatoes, and when I handed over the note, the cashier slid it straight back to me. I had no idea the note was counterfeit. According to the cashier, it wasn’t even a good copy, as the colours were wrong, and it didn't feel right to the touch, but I hadn’t inspected it. I felt a proper fool standing there in dirty work clothes, my face covered in black slate dust, and other customers giving me the suspicious once over.

I was well known in that shop, so the cashier accepted my plea that I knew nothing about the note. I rang the roofer, and he came down with a genuine note immediately. He told me that he’d found two other such notes in the bundle he got for the slates, but he was such a fly-by-night character, it wouldn’t have surprised me if he’d been the one to pass it on to me. It was an embarrassing situation, and it was lucky that I was known in the shop, or the cashier might have called the police.

Have you ever been saddled with a dud note?

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Kasman wrote on June 2, 2015, 2:45 PM

Yes, I have but, like your experience, it was years ago. Modern banknotes are becoming harder to forge (the newer plastic ones in particular) and it is easier to tell a dud when you see one. I have heard that the best of the quality forgeries doing the rounds today are produced in eastern europe but counterfeiters are turning more to coins - counterfeit £1 and £2 coins are surprisingly common and very difficult to tell from the real thing. Check the change in your pocket!

PS: I see you have used a screenshot image on this post. Persona Paper has a rule that all images must be available for use on a commercial blogging site and screenshots do not qualify unless permission is given by the site the screenshot is taken from. This matter has already been discussed on PP and I suggest you read this post

for clarification. Be sure to read the comments given in reply to the post. You may also wish to read this post by MaeLou

which details what Persona Paper requires of image credits. It would be a pity if you didn't get paid because you were unaware of this rule.

Last Edited: June 2, 2015, 2:50 PM

JoeBananas wrote on June 2, 2015, 7:25 PM

Thanks for commenting, Kasman, and for the info about the image. Here's where the image stands. The photo is one I took myself some time ago, and which I used for my desktop background. I had lost the original, so I hid the icons from my desktop and took a screenshot, which I then resized in Photoshop. So the original photo is my own, I could not foresee any problems. I have since rediscovered the original, so I think I'll put that up instead. You're right about forged coins though - they are much better than those gold-painted lead ones that were doing the rounds a while back.

Jacobb9205 wrote on June 2, 2015, 8:06 PM

Very interesting story, I've never used a fake note, at least I don't think I have?

Ruby3881 wrote on June 3, 2015, 1:31 AM

I can remember a roommate receiving a dud $20 bill one night at the pool hall. It wasn't even the right size, but the counterfeiter was banking on the fact that it was dark, and people wouldn't notice if it was the only bill he handed them.

CalmGemini wrote on June 3, 2015, 6:45 AM

I have never had such an experience.However my friend got one fake 100 Rupee note from the bank's ATM. How about it. she knew it was a fake when she gave it to the supermarket cashier. She went to the bank to complain. They would not listen to her.You know what she did?She tore it up.It was better than facing the suspicious looks of people.

JoeBananas wrote on June 3, 2015, 9:56 AM

Thanks for commenting everyone - dud banknotes have been a problem for centuries, but as new notes are more difficult to forge, then maybe the flow will be stemmed. Kasman - I have changed the photo to my original, which I found on an old hard drive. I trust everything is in order.

Kasman wrote on June 3, 2015, 2:16 PM

As long as you use images which are your own there should be no problem!