Turkish currency scam is back, making 32-cent lira pass for 2 euros – PR News Blog
Although cyber scams that attempt to deceive through new mechanisms on the network are more and more common, there are scams that never go out of style. It is the act of giving change with a counterfeit bill or, as in the last case still notified by the Civil Guard, with a coin well below its apparent value.
In recent months, a large number of Turkish lira coins have been observed again. A coin which apparently resembles the 2 euro coin, in size, color and even weight, but which is actually equivalent to 0.32 centime.
A way to make a quick change, especially in fast exchanges or those that include a large number of currencies and, in case of being detected, it is handy to know that it is not accepted as a payment method in the euro zone (only in Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus).
This is what a Turkish lira looks like
To identify it, it should be known, beyond its lower exchange rate, that it has on its reverse a ‘1’ next to the Turkish coat of arms and the inscription ‘Yeni Türk Lirasi’ (new Turkish lira ). In addition, on its obverse, it is accompanied by the portrait of Kemal Atatürk, first President of the Republic of Turkey, as well as the inscription “Turkiye Cumhuriyeti” (Republic of Turkey).
A scam that has made a comeback in recent days and which appreciates frequently alongside currencies of other countries that are also similar to the euro, such as bolivars, Jamaican dollars or Polish zlotys. In addition, the currencies of Thailand, Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, Azerbaijan, Argentina or the Philippines are also identified by the police as being easily confused with values below the euro.