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Fake Fifties In Circulation

Garda across Wicklow have warned of fake fifty euro notes currently in circulation in the county.

Given that everyone tends to be in a hurry during the hols, it’s unsurprising that the forgers would choose to unleash their duds right about now.

Here’s how you spot one of these forgeries…

1. Look at the banknote against the light. The security thread appears as a dark line. The € symbol and the value of the banknote can be seen in tiny white lettering in that line.

2. Feel the banknote. On the front, there are a series of short raised lines on the left and right edges.

3. Tilt the banknote. The hologram – the silvery stripe on the right – reveals a portrait of Europa. The stripe also shows the main image and the value of the banknote.

The gardaí have been summarising this approach as Look, Feel, Tilt. Which, by a happy coincidence, was a famous Cabana’s shifting technique too.

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