This image, provided by the National Intelligence Service on Monday, shows a counterfeit $50 bill (bottom) and a real one in comparison. (NIS)
South Korea's state intelligence agency formally raised the alarm Monday about the possibility of counterfeit $50 bills being distributed in the nation, especially before and during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.
The National Intelligence Service (NIS) made public a photo of a fake bill, similar to a so-called supernote in its highly deceptive characteristics, which it had acquired recently.
"Such a $50 counterfeit has not yet been found in South Korea, but it is continuing to circulate in Asia," it said.
The NIS plans to share relevant information with related authorities, including the Bank of Korea and the Korea Customs Service.
An NIS official said, "Chances are high that it will flow into South Korea due to increased demand for foreign currency on the occasion of the Beijing Olympics in February next year." (Yonhap)