Gardaí issue Tipperary warning after significant increase in fake Euro notes
An Garda Síochána and the Office of the Revenue Commissioners have warned of a significant increase in the detection of novelty Euro notes.
These notes are often marked as 'movie money' or 'prop money' and bear a strong resemblance to genuine Euro notes. However, they do not contain the security features.
Revenue officers have seized notes in varying denominations representing a value of €430,895 in recent mail centre detections.
"We advise businesses and members of the public who deal in cash to be aware that such notes are in circulation and take appropriate precautionary measures. Business owners should ensure staff members handling cash are alerted to watch out for these fraudulent notes," a garda spokesperson said
"An Garda Síochána would also like to highlight that the use of fraudulent currency when trying to purchase goods or services is an offence under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 and carries a potential prison sentence of 10 years.
"These fraudulent notes should not be accepted as legal tender and any incidents of persons trying to pay with 'prop money' should be reported to gardaí immediately."