A Nollywood actress, Ejine Okoroafor has narrated how she narrowly escaped getting arrested in Paris for spending fake euro notes she allegedly got from a Nigerian bank.
Sharing her experience via Instagram on Friday, Ejine claimed that she found out the notes were fake after they were rejected at a mall she tried to make a purchase.
She stated further that when she called the bank manager of the Nigerian bank, he told her that they had been instructed to stop “issuing the cash.”
The full post read: “Thursday, the 16th of September, I was ashamed being a Nigerian. At a mall here in Paris, I went to purchase some items and I was told the Euro notes I had were fake. I bought the money from a well-known bank in Nigeria (PTA).
“I took it to a bank, A cash machine seized the €2000 that was rightfully placed and rejected the last squeezed €500. With a receipt that the money is fake. (because I was advised to pay the money into an account and withdraw in smaller denominations that they hardly spend 500euro)I asked my friend, who lives here to help me with the transaction. So We took d surviving €500 to MoneyGram to confirm its authenticity and we almost got into trouble, dey wanted to call the Police on us.
“We eventually had to visit the Police station for her to report, to avoid her account from getting blocked or being negatively affected by this situation. meanwhile, I called the bank manager when the atm seized the money, to let him know what had happened, he said ‘I should have called him when they told me at the mall, I won’t have gone to the bank’. I should return the money. Apparently, he said they had been told to stop issuing that cash and I was never alerted.
“The alert would have helped me to be cautious. Dear Nigerians, avoid the big denominations for now if you need to collect via the PTA system to travel. It is a real big shame. Thank You.”