Fake money used in films with a nominal value of almost half a million euro has been found in circulation, An Gard Síochána has said.
Businesses dealing with cash were on Monday advised to keep an eye out for the currency, also dubbed “prop money”.
"An Garda Síochána and the Office of the Revenue Commissioners wish to highlight that there has been a significant increase in the detection of novelty euro notes," the force said in a statement.
“These notes are often marked as ‘movie money’ or ‘prop money’ and bear a strong resemblance to genuine Euro notes, however they do not contain the security features.
“Revenue Officers have seized notes in varying denominations representing a value of €430,895 in recent mail centre detections.”
Any attempt to use fraudulent currency is an offence under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 and has a potential prison sentence of 10 years, a Garda spokesman siad.
Det Supt Michael Cryan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said people should exercise particular care and attention when handling money at busy times and late at night.
“These notes are easily identifiable if precautionary checks are made. Also people who try to tender such notes as real face prosecution, a possible prison sentence and a conviction, which is for life,” he said.