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  Girl finds first fake euro note
Updated 03 January 2002, 15.51
Euro notes
A 12-year-old girl has become the first person to discover a forged euro note!

The girl was travelling from Cologne to the town of Troisdorf when she spotted the fake 50 euro note on a train seat.

Euro coins
At first she was excited at the thought of finding the cash.

But then she realised it was not real when she noticed that special security features were missing.

The young detective gave the note to her mother, who handed it into a police station.

No reward

A spokesman for the police in Siegburg, western Germany, said: "Apparently it was not very good, but it was printed on both sides which is better than some forgeries you get."

But this time honesty didn't pay - a police spokesman said the girl wouldn't be getting a reward.

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