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Roadside moneychangers dupe customers with fake notes

Roadside moneychangers dupe customers with fake notes

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May 09, 2017 - 15:11

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of western Herat province complain a number of roadside moneychangers are duping customers with fake currency notes.

They asked local officials to set up a market for moneychangers to stop them hoodwinking the people, who find it hard to track the roadside cheats.

Barat Ayazi, a resident of Herat City, told Pajhwok Afghan News he had been deceived thrice by roadside moneychangers.

“Street moneychangers exchange banknotes with a five percent high rate compared to brokers in the main market, but they also sometimes exchange fake currency notes.

“I have been a victim of this fraud. One day I exchanged some dollars. Later on, I found that a 500 afghanis note was fake. When I came back to the street the next day, the moneychanger was not there,” he added.

Haseebullah, another resident of Herat City, also alleged most of street vendors gave customers fake banknotes.

“A few days ago, a street moneychanger deceived me by giving me a lower exchange rate than the market,” he charged. “The business of these people is illegal because they have no licences.”

“They could not be found in the area after they deceive a person with fake currency notes,” another Herat resident, Ahmad Shah said.

Meanwhile, the Moneychangers Union head, Bahauddin Rahimi, acknowledge that some roadside moneychangers were involved in trading bogus currency that busted customer confidence.

Street moneychangers had no licences, he said, urging the officials concerned to take action against them. “Not only they damage our business, but have also created problems for the people.”

However, exchangers rejected the claim, saying they worked in a legal way to feed their families. Baz Mohammad, one of them, told Pajhwok he never exchanged fake banknotes.

“Fake currency notes do not exist. If anyone is given fake banknotes, they should show me the same,” he remarked, asking for evidence to substantiate the allegations.

Mohammad, another moneychanger, said, “We have been running our business in Gulhar Square area for the past several years, but no one has so far complained against us.”

Meanwhile, the governor’s spokesman, Jilani Farhad, said the provincial government planned creating an environmentinfo-icon of accountability for moneychangers in the near future.

“We are obliged to collect moneychangers and anyone interested in our plan should apply for work permits,” he said.

People in other parts of the country also complain of similar problems, but the government is yet to take steps to resolve the issue.

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