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Fake euro notes on the rise


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The number of fake euro banknotes is on the rise, the European Central Bank (ECB) said on Thursday, with the 50 euro note the preferred choice of counterfeiters.

 

The ECB said the number of fake euro notes seized by authorities had jumped more than 15 percent in the first six months of the year.

 

A total of 312,000 dodgy notes were taken out of circulation in the first half of 2008, the highest since 2003 and up from 265,000 in the first half of 2007.

 

The ECB said 36 percent of all seizures were 50 euro notes, 33 percent were 20's and 21.5 percent of recoveries were 100 euro notes.

 

The Frankfurt-based central bank estimates that there are around 11.5 billion legitimate euro notes if circulation following its introduction in 2002.

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The Frankfurt-based central bank estimates that there are around 11.5 billion legitimate euro notes if circulation following its introduction in 2002.

:shock:

 

and I bet every one of them has been through the expenses or allowances claim of an MEP at some time :lol:

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Apparently the Germans are rejecting "foreign" euro notes, ie any notes that are produced in any of the other euro zone countries. this is in fear that the system will collapse and each countries euro will be worth a different amount. Strange but true. :wink:

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