Cyprus Mail

Limassol teens caught in fake note scam

A CIRCLE of teenagers has been caught after 14 shops in Limassol reported people were paying for items with fake bank notes, it was reported on Thursday.
So far, four students, aged between 15 and 17, have been arrested and are currently serving a six day remand order, handed down to them on Wednesday.
The court heard at least 14 shop owners, most of whom are kiosk owners, experienced the teens paying for low cost items with €10 and €20 notes which later proved to be fake.
As a result they would get ‘real money’ as change.
Police initially arrested one 15-year-old foreign national after a shop owner recognised him from previous visits to the shop. Officers then arrested the remaining three who permanently live in Limassol.
All suspects admitted to the offence saying they did it for extra pocket money.
After their homes were searched no more fake notes were found.
Police are advising the public to be careful with the cash they handle.

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