Warning over 'poorly made' fake $10 coins

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 April, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 April, 1999, 12:00am

The public was urged last night to beware of 'poorly-made' counterfeit $10 coins.

About 180 coins were seized in an anti-triad undercover operation on Monday.

The discovery came as police arrested 10 men and four women, aged between 19 and 70, inside an illegal gambling den at Tin Shum Village, Tin Shui Wai.

About $90,000 in cash and gambling instruments were seized along with the counterfeit coins.

Another five men, who police believe were members of a triad gang, were arrested at locations in the New Territories.

The Organised Crime and Triad Bureau said it had no idea how many counterfeit coins had already been put into circulation.

'The fake coins are normally distributed into circulation through retailers such as newspaper stalls and confectioners,' superintendent Wong Fuk-lam said.

Police said the fake coins were poor in quality and could easily be detected.

They had muddled characters and pictures on their surfaces.