San Miguel Foods warns vs fake Monterey gift checks
MANILA, Philippines - San Miguel Foods Inc. on Friday said the company has temporarily suspends redemption of Monterey gift certificates in all Monterey Neighborhood Meatshop outlets in the country.
This after the company told the Department of Trade and Industry that it has noticed a proliferation of fake Monterey gift certificates, particularly in Quezon City.
Holders of Monterey Gift checks may redeem their gift checks at Monterey Meatshop outlet in Farmers Plaza, Cubao. This is to allow the company to properly validate authenticity of the gift checks.
Consumers who would like to redeem their gift certificates in any Monterey Meatshops outside of the Cubao area should register with the outlet cashier so the company can inform them about the resumption of redemption.
San Miguel Foods said it is now educating their meatshop franchisees how to detect counterfeit/fake gift checks.
The following features indicate a gift check is fake:
The series numbers indicated at the bottom right of the counterfeit gift checks are not within the official series numbers released to the market.
The series numbers of the counterfeit gift checks were manually stamped resulting into an uneven, misplaced and smudged impression. The original bear clear, clean, evenly spaced printed numbers that are slightly pressed onto the paper allowing one to feel a shallow indent in the numbers when touched.
The appearance of the last digit on the counterfeit gift check is either altered or distinctly different than the rest of the numbers. Where the last number has the same print type, (font), the impression is significantly darker than the other numbers in the series.
Some counterfeit gift check samples were found to have smooth paper surfaces. The original checks are printed on embossed paper that is textured on both sides.