Kerry businesses warned about fake €20 notes
5 January 2015 | 0
Gardaí are advising traders and the general public in Kerry to keep an eye out for fake €20 notes. Local newspaper The Kerryman reports a number of the counterfeit notes were discovered across the county in recent weeks.
The fakes are described as ‘fairly high quality’ although the quality of paper used to make them is noticeably poorer than the real thing.
The counterfeit notes have been discovered in Tralee, Dingle and Listowel. Several retailers, publicans and taxi drivers handed them in to local gardaí.
Fake €20 banknotes are usually put into circulation at busier trading times during the year such as Christmas, as they become more difficult to spot if traders are under time-pressure and are perhaps less vigilant than normal. Although €50 notes are routinely scanned with UV ‘swipe’ technology, €20 notes are only checked sometimes.
It’s believed the notes are most likely being passed over the counter in shops and businesses by an organised scamming gang who are mixing the fakes amongst larger amounts of genuine currency.
Any businesses or individuals who uncover the notes, are encouraged to contact their local garda station.