Post #4 Jan 21, 2018
(Make sure to read part #1 first:Getting cheated in Beijing, Part 1)
The next day, I looked at these bills – they did look super new, maybe just printed. I took them to the counterfeit bill detector in my hotel and they were in fact fake. I asked the hotel manager about it and he told me that the ATM does not dispense fake money. Every bill in the ATM is accounted for as real. He asked me, have you been in a taxi recently where the driver refused to take your money? The taxi driver had cheated me. He switched the bills and I lost 500 Yuan! The manager said he was sorry, this is a wide-spread scam in Beijing right now.
Below are pictures of the fake bills. It is easy to tell the difference by feel once you know they are fake. If you try to pay and someone gives your bills back to you, they are most likely trying to cheat you. Especially if they are a taxi driver.
第二天早上，我看了看我的钱。我的钱真的看起来很新。它们是从饭店的ATM机里取出来的，所以我用饭店的假币检测器 – 我的一百块都是假的！我告诉饭店的老板，他说：‘先生，我们的ATM机没有假钱，ATM机不可能有假钱，每张一百块我们知道它的编号。你最近坐出租车没有？‘