Now here’s what I consider a valid question: At what point is a fraud so outrageous it shouldn’t even be prosecuted because nobody could really be taken in by it?
Case in point: 300 and 600 euro notes featuring hearts instead of stars, the word “EROS” along with “EURO,” and pictures of halfnaked men and women.
There are no 300 or 600 euro notes in circulation, by the way: The highest genuine denominations are 100, 200 and 500.
That being said, they fooled at least one merchant, a Cologne, Germany
newsagent who accepted a 600 euro note for a purchase of two cartons of cigarettes, and gave the customer 534 euros in change.
Authorities are still looking for the counterfeiter-pornographer.
Back in the U.S., customs agents have found in the possession of Tekle
Zigette, a man under investigation for currency smuggling, 250 billion-dollar bills. Presumably there is a possible fraudulent use for billion-dollar bills, but it’s difficult to imagine what: Was Zigette planning to go to a newsstand, buy two cartons of cigarettes and wait to receive $999,999,534 in change?