Dye-stained banknotes is a no-no
SA – The slogan, “A stained note is probably a stolen note”, has not been more relevant than in the past few days since the looting in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng. Visuals of looters vandalising ATMs circulated on social media.
The public is cautioned against accepting any dye-stained notes as legal tender because the onward use and value of these notes will not be honoured. Liquid dyes may stain the notes with a bluish-purple, red, black or green colour.
Such notes may give off a smell like that of paint initially and will stain fingers when touched. In a press statement by SABRIC, ATMs hold cash in special containers that protect cash with dye-stain technology that is activated when someone tries to break open the container.
Once activated, the cash is stained with a green dye, thus defacing the notes, rendering them unusable as currency.
SABRIC is a NPF company formed by South African banks to support the banking industry in combating crime.
Report any person in possession of dye-stained noted to the police on 0860 010 111.
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