New banknotes featuring the latest anti-counterfeiting measures are set to enter circulation soon, one of the three note-issuing banks revealed yesterday. Peter Wong Tung-shun, head of Hong Kong operations at Standard Chartered, said the bank had not come across many fakes, despite a territory-wide rise in cases. He said new notes of all denominations would have the same anti-counterfeiting features already used on new $1,000 notes. 'As it is those banknotes currently in circulation which have the [counterfeiting] problem, we are hoping that when new banknotes come out, there will be extra protection,' he said. 'Hence, the most important thing at present is for us to provide the general public with more information on how to detect counterfeit banknotes.' Mr Wong said the bank would hold more talks with the Monetary Authority and the police about possible additional security measures for notes. Police announced on Wednesday they had seized 1,900 fake $100 banknotes this year and said they were investigating the possible existence of a counterfeiting syndicate. On January 27, 14 fake $100 banknotes were seized at Jockey Club off-course betting centres in Kowloon and the New Territories. Separately, Mr Wong said there had been little progress in talks with the Privacy Commissioner, Raymond Tang Yee-bong, on a proposal by banks to extend the information they share about customers' credit-card histories, in an attempt to tackle the growing problem of bad debts. Mr Tang is concerned that such procedures could offend customers.