Counterfeiters prefer euros to dollars

The number of counterfeit euro bills seized in Switzerland in 2007 was more than twice that in 2006, the Federal Police said on Friday.

This content was published on July 4, 2008

But while the figure for false euros rose by 1,295 to 3,389, the number of forged dollar bills seized dropped from 2,482 in 2006 to 1,579 in 2007.

The most popular note with counterfeiters was 100 euros, which accounted for 40 per cent of the seizures, followed by 50 euros (30 per cent) and 200 euros (16 per cent.)

The fact that 70 per cent of the notes had been made by the same method suggests that only a limited number of workshops are involved, the police said.

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