THE Guardia Civil has issued a warning over fake bank notes in a bid to ensure those spending and receiving money in Spain are not scammed.
The police body issued the warning over fake bank notes, with the Guardia Civil offering advice on how to spot counterfeits.
Taking to Twitter, the Guardia Civil displayed a bank note for €39.95 and said:
“It may seem funny and obvious to you, but some fakes are not as obvious as this”
They added advice on how to avoid fake bank notes. They said: “Touch the relief printing… Turn it over to see the holographic band… Look at it against the light.”
The Guardia Civil said: “You will prevent your “money” being worth nothing.”
The news comes after the Guardia Civil removed 150,000 fake or unsafe toys from sale in Spain.
Officers from the Guardia Civil said they removed the 150,000 toys from sale after finding they were fake or did not meet safety standards.
Police carried out 4,163 controls and inspections and found 40 criminal offences across Spain.
According to the Guardia Civil, the searches were carried out in warehouses, ports, airports and land customs precincts, finding more than 1,900 infractions, including for labelling or safety of toys and resulting in 41 people being investigated.
In a joint action with the Tax Agency, the Civil Guard carried out 61 inspections in Vizcaya, managing to intervene more than 26,000 counterfeit toys and laser pointers, with the total value of the intervened objects exceeding €36,000.
Among the crimes attributed to those investigated were two crimes against industrial property and a total of 177 offenses for immigration and taxation.
The Guardia Civil worked with the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM) and the Spanish Association of Toy Manufacturers (AEFJ) to investigate.