A man surnamed Chen from Xi’an, Shaanxi province was surprised when he withdrew some 100 yuan bills from an ATM to find that 11 of the notes were stamped with ‘Chinese Hell Money Bank’, Legal Evening News reports.
Of the 20 bills that Chen withdrew, nine were standard Mao Zedong 100 yuan notes, but 11 fakes issued by the “Chinese Hell Money Bank” were also spit out by the ATM, something that should be impossible as banks screen for fake currency.
According to banks contacted by the Legal Evening News, notes must go through two counterfeit checks before they are put back in circulation. A spokesperson for the Agricultural Bank of China said that “counterfeit currency cannot sneak into an ATM.”
No bank staff could explain how Chen ended up with fake notes, police are investigating the matter.