A NAUSORI taxidriver has sounded alarm bells after receiving a counterfeit $10 note.
Anil Kumar of Waila said he received the fake $10 bill from a passenger he had dropped off in Suva last Saturday night. He said it was the busiest time of the night so he did not bother to check the money. "I am just warning all taxidrivers who are doing night shifts to be careful. The money looked real and anybody could have been fooled," he said.
Mr Kumar discovered the counterfeit bill while counting his night's taking early on Sunday.
"This is the first time for me to come across fake money like this," he said.
"I kind of had a feeling that it was fake because of the way it felt, and when I compared the fake note to the real money I could see that the silver lining and some features of the real money were missing."
Mr Kumar said he could not remember which passenger gave him the fake note.
"I just want to tell all taxidrivers, shop keepers and those dealing with money to be careful, especially during rush hour.
"I have lost $10 from this incident and this is also a lesson for me."
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said police occasionally received reports of counterfeit money. "We continue to warn the public to be careful and to cross check the notes if they are in doubt," she said.