Just a few days after the euro was introduced in Europe, German police revealed that a 12-year old girl handed in a counterfeit 50 euro note she found on a train travelling from Cologne to Troisdorf.

?She noticed it was a forgery because it did not have any of the security features,? says a police spokesman. While the forgery was ?apparently… not very good,? it was ?printed on both sides, which is better than some forgeries you get.?

Later, German police revealed that a criminal used a fake 500 euro note made from photos cut from a euro information brochure to get change of almost 1,000 German marks in coins from a casino.

The European Central Bank has conducted a publicity campaign to make the public aware of the security features of euro notes. Consumer groups have warned people to watch out for counterfeit money, particularly in during the euro?s introduction, when citizens are unfamiliar with how it looks.

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