The Tagbilaran City police has warned the public anew against the spread of counterfeit money after a 71-year-old store attendant received fake peso bills on Wednesday.
Authorities identified the victim as Rosalina Cabuga, a resident of Barangay Manga in Tagbilaran City.
According to the victim’s daughter, Maribet Cabuga, 42, they received a total of P2,500 worth of fake money through various transactions at their sari-sari store.
In her narration to police, the older Cabuga said that one customer paid P1,000 for coffee while another bought banana and paid using a P-500 bill.
Two more unidentified persons then bought single items each paying with P-500 bills as well, Rosalina said.
The successive payments using large bills aroused the Cabugas’ suspicion prompting them to have the bills checked at the Island City Mall.
Cashiers at the mall then confirmed that the money was fake.
Meanwhile, the Tagbilaran City police investigation section has been tasked to conduct a follow-up probe on the incident.
Based on previous cases, the spread of fake peso bills grows rampant as the Christmas season draws near. (wm)