German counterfeit experts warned in an interview last Sunday that the first top-quality bogus Euro notes have now begun to circulate in Europe, seven months after the new single currency was introduced in a dozen Eurozone countries. The first nearly perfect counterfeit 50-Euro notes began to circulate in France and have now reached German cities, a report in the Sunday edition of the mass-circulation Bild newspaper said.
Rudolf Gaspari, spokesman for the police office of the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, said: “At first glance, they (bogus notes) can hardly be told apart from the genuine notes.”
At Deutsche Bundesbank, the head of the department on counterfeit money, Roland Mueller, told the newspaper, “The first bogus notes that have to be taken seriously are now in circulation. The counterfeiters have put all their effort into imitating the silvery safety strip. They have succeeded well in this,” adding, “those who only look at the silver strip can easily be duped.” People should also watch for the other safety features like the watermark, the special foil or the transparent registration number, he said, because then they will immediately detect the bogus notes. Caution was particularly needed for the 50-Euro notes. (642)