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Old August 23rd, 2013, 08:15 AM   #1
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I rarely take cash but recently took a cash payment for a balance (I recall at the time of taking the deposit the client said 'I only deal with cash - don't like banks')

Well upon paying the money into my business account it turns out 3 20 notes are forgeries!!!! Completely unsure what to do at this stage - the client my be probably unaware these were forgeries but it would come down to her word against mine.

The bank have kept the notes and I'm now waiting for them to call and advise me what I can do - I'm not hopeful!
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 08:54 AM   #2
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I would still contact him immediately even if he was unaware of the status of the notes. The police would more than likely want to talk to him and find out where the cash came from so they could trace it back to it's source. Any decent person will refund you especially if the bank notifies them as well. Keep him in the loop ..at worst with some feedback from him, the forgers can be nabbed even if you lose some cash.

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Old August 23rd, 2013, 09:31 AM   #3
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In the USA if you bank counterfeit cash and it's detected by the bank not only will you lose the cash but the bank is under no obligation to make good the amount lost. generally the federal authorities are involved and they WILL want to have a talk with you and IF you remember who gave you the cash they will want to talk to that person as well. If they were duped there is a chance they might make good there is also a chance they might not.
Again HERE there are many steps to be taken but the first one isn't to contact the person who gave you the money. I let the authorities handle that and THEN I contacted that person and fortunately for me, he was an upstanding guy and made good on the bad bills.
If I were you, I would ask the bank who they contacted in the police and talk to them to find out how to proceed.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 12:53 PM   #4
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I would say he wasn't aware who handed it to him ... I would still let him know though! and may be get a confirmation letter from the bank.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 06:18 PM   #5
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OTOH you may have discovered why the client "only deals in cash".
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 08:20 PM   #6
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The bank have kept the notes and I'm now waiting for them to call and advise me what I can do - I'm not hopeful!
You're very lucky that they didn't call the police and arrest you on the spot, like how they do here! Whenever someone passes forgeries here, they arrest first, then ask questions later. The person receiving the money must always make sure it's genuine. If you think about it, that makes perfect sense.
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Old August 24th, 2013, 01:44 AM   #7
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The police where you live are idiots then.

Why should an innocent person be arrested first ? ridiculous way of policing and serving the public.

I would hate to have unknowingly gone to the bank with a forged note only to be arrested ...

The fact i've now LOST that money is bad enough, let alone being arrested and publicly humiliated.
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Old August 24th, 2013, 04:25 AM   #8
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Well I contacted the client who sounded genuinely mortified and said the notes came from a cashpoint (so she does use banks then!!) i told her my bank was giving me a receipt for the fake notes which i would email a scan of - she then called back a half hour later to say her bank would re-imburse her upon her showing them the receipt from my bank.

I'm surprised that the bank don't involve the police - all they do is return the notes to the bank of england - anyway no more payments in cash for me!
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Old August 24th, 2013, 05:04 AM   #9
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Pete just been paid 1295 in 50 notes a month ago, going to check them as she has not contacted me since I filmed the wedding and I am suspicious cheers...
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Old August 24th, 2013, 06:16 AM   #10
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Actually they don't arrest you but they will "ask" you to come down to the station and answer some questions which frankly sounds quite reasonable.
Folks I've been thru it so I'm not assuming anything here. They question you and anyone else that might be connected with the passing of the bills although in 99% of the cases no arrest is made at least none that I was ever aware of and yeah, you are out the money. I've never heard of any bank making good on the counterfeit bills for anyone and BTW, in the USA, it's a FEDERAL CRIME, which involves the Secret Service although it starts at a local level.
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Old August 24th, 2013, 08:30 AM   #11
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Well I contacted the client who sounded genuinely mortified and said the notes came from a cashpoint (so she does use banks then!!) i told her my bank was giving me a receipt for the fake notes which i would email a scan of - she then called back a half hour later to say her bank would re-imburse her upon her showing them the receipt from my bank.

I'm surprised that the bank don't involve the police - all they do is return the notes to the bank of england - anyway no more payments in cash for me!
No way would a cash point issue fake bills, and no way would the bank put it back in to circulation.

I just can't believe that.
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Old August 24th, 2013, 09:22 AM   #12
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Banks obviously are not infallible and if there is a bill here and a bill there or they are very high quality and the teller or counter or whoever is handling the money doesn't see it's counterfeit (which if it's a high quality fake) can and does happen, it will continue in circulation until someone realizes it's a fake.
While it's not a purposeful failing on the banks part (hopefully) it is human failing that can and does happen. Nothing one can do about it. A really good fake is hard to spot unless you're an expert and the majority of people that work in banks are not experts in detecting a really good counterfeit bill.
Just sayin'.
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Old August 24th, 2013, 10:32 AM   #13
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I rarely get paid in cash, but when I do, it is highly unlikely that I would spot a counterfeit note note unless it was glaringly obvious like no metallic thread or different paper. I doubt that most ordinary people would notice a good fake unless they were trained and used to looking for them.

Also, if I banked at my normal bank and a couple of notes were fake, it is highly unlikely that the bank would suspect me of trying to pass fakes, then call the police to have me arrested. I would expect them to draw my attention to the fact, and refuse to accept them. On the other hand if I went into a strange bank where I wasn't known and tried to deposit a number of faked bills, then I would expect a different reaction.

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Old August 24th, 2013, 12:09 PM   #14
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The police where you live are idiots then.
Why should an innocent person be arrested first ?
Every forger will claim they're innocent, that they don't know how they ended up with the money. My guess is that once arrested, the police and FBI have probable cause (because they have the fake money in hand) to investigate further and to obtain search warrants if necessary, or to detain a person for further questioning. Being arrested doesn't mean you're charged (yet) with any crime.

Here, it is very common for merchants to use test pens to make sure the money they receive is real.
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Old August 24th, 2013, 01:27 PM   #15
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I've never liked being paid in cash and have always told people I'd rather then pay by online banking.

I dread the situation of dodgy notes so feel bad for you. It sounds like you're not going to lose out on this one but it could have been much much worse.
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