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Información del Banco Central Europeo sobre falsificaciones de billetes

Información del Banco Central Europeo sobre falsificaciones de billetes
Withdrawn almost half a million counterfeit bills in the second half of 2009
The European Central Bank withdrew 447,000 counterfeit euro banknotes in the second half of 2009, representing an increase of 8.2% compared to 413,000 withdrawn in the first half of the year and an increase of 55, 7% over the second quarter of 2004, where the number of tickets recovered reached 287,000, according to the institution in a press release.

However, the ECB emphasizes that, although the total amount of counterfeit bills has increased, it has done so "to a lesser extent than in the previous semesters". In this sense, he points out that if these figures are compared with the growing number of authentic euro banknotes in circulation, an average of 12.8 billion during the second half of 2009, the proportion of counterfeit bills in circulation "remains very low".

The 20-euro bill is once again the most counterfeit. 47% of the counterfeit notes detected were 20 euros and 39% of the recovered 50 euros. The sum of the three intermediate denominations (20 euros, 50 euros and 100 euros) represented 97% of the total of counterfeit bills. The proportion of counterfeits of the denominations of greater value (200 euros and 500 euros) was very low (1% and 0.5% respectively).

On the other hand, more than 98% of the majority of counterfeit notes withdrawn in the second half of 2009 were detected in countries of the euro zone while around 1% were located in EU Member States not belonging to the EU. eurozone and less than 0.5% recovered elsewhere in the world.

The Eurosystem, which includes the European Central Bank (ECB) and the sixteen national central banks of the euro zone, recommended that citizens remain vigilant in relation to the notes they receive in cash operations.

In this regard, he stressed that the Eurosystem puts "great effort to ensure that citizens are properly informed on how to recognize a fake banknote and, in the case of professionals responsible for cash management, that the processing and processing of tickets can be reliably identify counterfeit bills and remove them from circulation ".

Thus, he recalled that authentic notes "can be easily recognized using the simple 'Touch-look-tilt' method" and added that, in case of doubt, the suspicious note should be compared directly with a ticket that is known to be authentic.
 
"Anyone who suspects that they may have received a fake banknote should contact the police or, in cases where national practice permits, the corresponding national central bank," he added.
 
 
False euro notes withdrawn by the ECB fall by 13% until June

Europe Press19 / 07/2010
A total of 387,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were withdrawn from circulation in the first half of 2010, a figure that represents a decrease of close to 13% compared to the amount recovered in the previous six months and the first setback since mid-2006, as reported today the European Central Bank (ECB) in a statement.
The 50-euro bill was the most falsified in the first half, accounting for 42.5% of the total counterfeit bills detected, followed by the 20-euro bill, with 41.5%, and the 100-euro bill, with the 12% of the total recovered. The least counterfeit bills were those of 5 and 500 euros (0.5%), followed by those of 10 and 200 euros (1.5% each).
The majority (over 98%) of counterfeit notes withdrawn in the first half of 2010 was detected in euro area countries, only around 1% in non-euro area EU Member States and less than 0.5% in other parts of the world
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