A Derry pensioner has become the victim of fraudsters making counterfeit money, according to SDLP Councillor, Shauna Cusack.
The older lady had bank notes confiscated as she attempted to lodge her pension money into her bank account recently.
Colr. Cusack advised anyone in receipt of suspicious notes to ask the cashier to exchange them immediately.
“I was contacted by a pensioner who, when lodging her pension money into her bank was told that some notes seemed suspicious and were confiscated by the cashier to be sent for testing,” said Colr. Cusack.
“When I followed this up with a bank official they confirmed that it is the bank’s duty to take any potentially fraudulent notes out of circulation immediately with no reimbursement unless they are validated. This process can take up to a week or more,” she added.
Colr. Cusack said everyone should be vigilant and check the money they are given.
“The most worrying thing is that if the notes are proven to be fake then the customer suffers the loss and is not compensated. The regulations are black and white in this situation and this lady has now become a victim of what can only be described as theft by counterfeiters.
“I would urge everyone to check their money before leaving bank, post office or shopping counters and ask for suspicious notes to be exchanged. Make sure you do this in front of a member of staff. No one can afford to be robbed of money like this, least of all a pensioner at Christmas.”