Be Careful with $100 bills in Costa Rica

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1. Posted by Luucy (Full Member 39 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi All as an owner of a B&B here I was just informed NOT to accept any $100 bills with CB prefix and and series 2001 So I advise all to not accept any bills of that denomination ..Better to ask for $50's
There must be a forgery of the $100's so please be careful..If you receive them from an ATM go INTO the bank and make sure they are not forgeries OR beter yet go INTO the bank to withdraw cash...
Hope this helps

2. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I ran into this issue when I was in CR last year. Appearantly someone has managed to flood the market down there with a few handfulls of fake US $100s. I didn't actually have any fakes, but I do tend to have a bit of cash on hand when I travel and found more than one place that wouldn't take a hundred note.


3. Posted by janszham (Full Member 35 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Be carefull anywhere else as well. They seem to go around the whole of South and Central America. I am living and volunteering in Cochabamba - Bolivia for Colonia Ecologica and we had them too. The banks and shops didn't even accept any $100,- bills.

4. Posted by stephy (Full Member 51 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

and also it is really easy to get robbed if u wanna change 100 dolllars in the streets--- yes some people do it! a guy told me, while he counted the echanged money and he realiesed it is not enough, they exchanged the dollar note into a false one, and gave this one back

so always take care, and wait better in the queus of the banks

5. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

There was an email going around people in Peru to check serial numbers of $100 bills because the market there had also been flooded with fake bills. This is a pretty common ocurrance in S America though.

A couple of ways to get around this problem: try not to exchange money in the street and go to the banks or ATMs when you need more money.