Beware of “Singkwenty” pesos: Woman allegedly victimized in Divisoria

Image by Ageygey Hadjiphanis via GMA News' Facebook post

If you are spending hours on the internet on a daily basis, this is probably not the first time you have heard or seen a ‘singkwenty‘; a hybrid of a singkwenta (50) and twenty (20) peso bill, which is photo-shopped for fun. But like any other joke, when it enters evil minds it could be used for evil deeds.

According to a Facebook post by GMA News on Tuesday afternoon, a YouScooper identified as Ageygey Hadjiphanis didn’t notice that a fake 50-peso bill was handed to her as change when she shopped at Divisoria, Manila.

When she suspected something was different from the bill, she inspected it and discovered that the number “2” on a 20-peso bill was changed to “5” and the paper was colored red so it would look like a 50-peso bill.

Ageygey reminded fellow netizens to be careful especially during the Christmas season rush.

Also, you might want to reconsider if you plan on making a singkwenty for fun or for scam, as it is unlawful for any person to willfully deface, mutilate, tear, burn or destroy, in any manner whatsoever, currency notes and coins issued by the Central Bank of the Philippines.

Any person who violates PRESIDENTIAL DECREE No. 247 shall, upon conviction, be punished with a fine of not more than twenty thousand pesos and/or by imprisonment of not more than five years.