False euro notes flood tourist resort
Four Brits were arrested in Magaluf after police launched a major operation to clampdown on false euro notes flooding the tourist resort.
A search on their rooms revealed 5,000 euros, of which at least 2,000 euros were counterfeit notes.
Investigations centre on whether the suspects are part of a larger scam across Mallorca or if they were just trying to pay for a holiday with the dud money.
Spanish newspaper Ultimahora.es says the alarm was raised when business owners in Magaluf noticed an influx of 20 euro and 50 euro notes used for paying bar bills were fake.
“In appearance, the notes were identical to the real ones but to the touch they were not so perfect,” says the paper.
The joint operation was carried out by the Civil Guard and Local Police. The four Brits arrested were aged between 30 and 50.
Police said there were so many fake bills flooding the market that even tourists had started to notice.