The Local – Sweden | Published: October 02, 2018
Two years after Sweden released new 500 kronor notes, fakes are already in circulation. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT
By Richard Orange
Three separate fast-food restaurants in Malmö caught customers attempting to pay with fake 500 kronor notes ($55), with one, in the district of Rosengård, forced to call the police when two young men became violent.
By the time the police arrived, the men had already left the restaurant.
According to Nils Norling, press spokesman for the Malmö police, similar attempts were made at fast food outlets in Malmö Central Station and in Värnhem, where there is a shopping mall and bus interchange.
The crime is classed as “illegal dealing with counterfeit money”.
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A supermarket in Lund in June reported three men for defrauding it of 3,000 kronor, after they visited it three times in the same day, each time making small purchases with fake 500 kronor notes and pocketing the change.
The fraud was not discovered until the money in the cash registers was counted at the end of the day.
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In July police in the Östergötland region warned customers and shop owners about counterfeit banknotes in circulation, after such notes were discovered in several towns across the county.