Europol warns of fraud and fakes

11 July 2011
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12 & 13 July 2011 at Europol Headquarters in The Hague

In its 2011 Organised Crime Threat Assessment (OCTA), Europol was, for the first time, able to estimate the damage caused by payment card fraud. The EU is the world’s largest market for payment card transactions and, in 2009, organised crime groups derived more than 1.5 billion euros from payment card fraud in the EU.

In addition, counterfeiting of products is no longer limited to luxury products or so called ‘designer’ clothing but is now a global problem affecting all types of goods that can threaten the health and safety of consumers.

The quantity and quality of counterfeit euro banknotes in circulation also means that the general public should be well informed about how to recognise fake currency.

With the holiday season upon us, Europol would therefore like to provide advice for EU citizens on how to prevent becoming victims of fakes and fraud. We invite you to come along to  Europol headquarters on 12 or 13 July, where you will find the following on offer:

  • Advice on how to protect payment cards from fraud, backed up by tips and advice in Europol’s latest public information leaflet: Be Smart with your Card
  • Recently seized card skimming devices on display, in addition to other devices used by card skimming criminals
  • Examples of the newest counterfeit money found in circulation
  • Examples of counterfeit goods seized in recent operations
  • Experts in all fields on hand to give short presentations and interviews on their areas of expertise.

If you would like to join us in The Hague on 12 or 13 July, please register by providing the details below to G41@europol.europa.eu, mentioning PRESS in the subject field, before 17:00 on 11 July 2011. For more information, please call our media line on +31 70 353 1702. Route description can be found on our website under the ‘Contact us’ section.

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