Fewer fake euro banknotes in the Netherlands
In the first half of this year, the Dutch authorities discovered 19,500 counterfeit euro banknotes in circulation, 15 percent fewer than in the second half of 2009.
The Dutch central bank DNB says the decrease in forgeries began to be seen towards the end of last year but cannot explain the falling trend with any certainty. However, measures taken by the police and justice authorities, and the increasing use of detection devices by shops and other outlets may have helped.
A slightly smaller reduction in the number of fake euro bank notes was recorded in Europe as a whole during the same period. The most popular counterfeits remain the 20 and 50-euro notes.
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