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Eastern Finland police warn of counterfeit 500-euro bills

Police say that merchants in particular should exercise caution doing business with big bills.

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The Eastern Finland police department said Monday that counterfeit 500-euro bills had been detected circulating in Savonlinna on New Year’s Eve.

Police said in a statement that the bogus bills closely resemble authentic notes, but lack their security features. For example, the fake notes do not contain a water mark, security thread or hologram.

Officials say that individuals who suspect they have a counterfeit should compare the note to a bill known to be authentic, by carefully checking for the security features.

Suspicious notes should also be handed over to the police.

The police department also called on businesses in the region to be especially vigilant for possible fake bills.

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