The Central Bank of Malta has withdrawn 1,059 counterfeit euro banknotes in the second half of last year.
The bank said this brought the total of counterfeit notes withdrawn from circulation for the whole of 2011 to 1,543, 36.3% less than those withdrawn in 2010.
However the latest six monthly figure was higher than the amount reported during the previous six months, but lower than that reported in the same six month period of the previous year.
The Central Bank said when compared with the number of genuine euro banknotes in circulation in Malta the proportion of euro counterfeits remained insignificant. It was also very low when compared to the number of counterfeits seized in the euro area in the same period, which according to the European Central Bank amounted to 310,000 pieces.
Most counterfeited denominations found locally, as in the euro area as a whole were the €20 and €50 notes. During the past six months, the share of the €20 counterfeit increased whilst that of the €50 decreased when compared to the previous six months. These two denominations together accounted for 95% of the total counterfeits during the second half of 2011.
The Central Bank of Malta urged the public to remain alert with regard to the banknotes received in cash transactions, genuine banknotes can be easily recognised using the simple “FEEL-LOOK-TILT” test as can be found on the Bank’s website: www.centralbankmalta.org/site/counterfeit.html.
In case of doubt, a suspect banknote should be compared directly with one that is known to be genuine. Anyone who suspects that they may have received a counterfeit should contact either the police on 21224001 or the Central Bank of Malta on 2550 6008/ 6012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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