In another case of a counterfeit Rs 2,000 note, the owner of an AP Online centre reportedly ended up with a fake note in Andhra's Guntur district.
The New Indian Express reported that the owner of the centre, Shekhar, had received 20 new Rs 2,000 notes and suspected that one of them was fake as it had a darker print. When he informed the police, the latter confirmed his fears and filed a case.
Citizens use AP Online Centres to pay telephone, electricity and other utility bills that are provided by the state.
The police are checking CCTV footage to identify the person who gave Shekar the bill, the TNIE report adds.
Last week, two youngsters were caught in Telangana after they allegedly took photocopies of the new note, and tried to circulate it.
One of the accused, filled petrol worth Rs 200 and gave the fake Rs 2,000 note in a petrol pump. However, the staff there grew suspicious and handed them over to the police.
There have been multiple reports in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka too of similar incidents.