‘Marked’ money from an ATM

The marked bill. Photo: Supplied

Corlia Kruger

A “marked” bank note came into the possession of a Pretoria North resident when he recently made a withdrawal from an ATM.

Ockert Dreyer said he didn’t at first notice the pinkish stains on the note received from a Standard Bank ATM at a café.

“I went to buy something, but when the cashier saw the note he didn’t want to take it, saying it has been marked.”

Dreyer believed the money might have been previously stolen. The stains, he said, might have come from a red dye.

Some banks use a dye pack, a radio-controlled incendiary device used to foil a bank robbery (or ATM bombings) by causing stolen cash to be permanently marked with dye.

“I went to the bank to exchange the money, which they wouldn’t do,” said Dreyer.

Standard Bank spokesperson Ross Linstrom said the matter had been resolved.

“Standard Bank has been in contact with the customer to apologise for the inconvenience that has been caused.The customer will be refunded,” he said.

“This is indeed a very rare occurrence. The note will be collected from the customer and tested to determine why it was dispensed to the customer.”

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