Every year as we approach the Muslim holy month and the further we approach the final celebrations police contribute extra efforts thru various departments to stamp out that influx of conterfeit currency. PBali Police say they have already joined forces with Bank Indonesia to conduct the focused counterfeit money monitoring over the coming weeks.
“In some areas approaching Eid, counterfeit money has been found. There’s lots of counterfeit money in circulation,” Bali Police spokesman Heri Wiyanto said on Monday, as quoted by Tribun Bali. Wiyanto has sent caution to owners of small warungs and shops, especially, to be wary of customers using fake money.
This warning follows after a local lady was arrested in Jembrana, West Bali last week at a local market cashing in counterfeit RPH topping up phone credit. Police questioning accuse the woman of confessing to possessing sheets and sheets of fake rupiah. Back in 2013 around the same time according to Bank Indonesia, the amount of fake Indonesian Rupiah notes increased 54% from the same period in 2012 when the Bank confiscated 1,386 counterfeit notes in Bali.
Careful of any strange feeling money in Bali especially in dark lit lighting and small business as the circulation now seems in its peak distribution.