Ireland’s National Police Service are strongly advising the public, in general, that high quality forgeries of notes, in the €20 denomination, have been making their way into the market place in counties Tipperary, Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Waterford and Kildare.
The forgers are understood to be particularly targeting major events, such as festivals and crowded public houses, to pass these notes on into public circulation.
In particular busy national retailers are being strongly urged to check all €20 notes that they are handed, using the same methods used to ensure that €50 notes in circulation are legal tender.
Unlike most forgeries, these €20 notes use high-quality paper, very similar to real cotton-based Euro notes.
These recently discovered forgeries come about just months after Gardaí smashed a network involving a Dublin-based criminal gang and which resulted in the seizure of almost €2m worth of forged notes.