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Dye-stained banknotes 

Communication campaign
 
Banknote Watch SA, on behalf of protection device users, is coordinating a communication initiative to alert and educate the public of the risks of accepting dye-stained banknotes.  In this regard click here to view the posters that are displayed in prominent places such as banking halls, taxi ranks, Post Offices and retail stores etc.
 
“A Stained Note is Probably a Stolen Note”
 
The international slogan of Banknote Watch is “a stained note is probably a stolen note”.  The purpose of cash degradation systems is to protect cash from being stolen by “spoiling the reward”, namely rendering the cash unfit for use by criminals after it has been stained. 
 
The technology acts as a deterrent, sending a message to criminals that there is no point trying to steal the cash protected by dye staining systems because they will be unable to use the cash after a theft or robbery.
 
Advice to the Public
 
If you are offered a dye-stained note it must be refused.  Only accept clean notes.
 
A member of the public who unwittingly comes into possession of a slightly dye-stained note may obtain a claim form from the SARB.  All such claims will considered by the SARB at its sole discretion.
 
Any information you have regarding stolen notes must be immediately reported to the local police station.
 
By refusing to accept dye-stained notes or handing them in, you will play your part in fighting crime, since “a stained note is probably a stolen note”.  
 
What to look for:
 
 Banknotes that look, feel or smell different.
 
Staining - bluish purple or red around the edges of the notes or across one side as though they have been dipped in ink.
 
Burning or charring.  This may be as the result of the heat used in smoke systems.
 
Bleaching and/or fading of a banknote, the absence of the watermark or foil, or a change in the feel of the banknote.  This may be the result of efforts to remove the dye stains using aggressive reagents. 
 
 
 
     
 
 
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