Experts have warned British tourists to be wary of using fake Euros, which could see them fined up to €50,000.

A surge in counterfeit Euro notes being sold through encrypted messaging apps like Telegram has shocked authorities.

Often touted as top quality, the fake notes are nearly indistinguishable from real currency, leading unsuspecting Brits into a catastrophic trap.

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Thomas Minarik, a legal expert from Apostille London, emphasised the consequences for tourists caught handling counterfeit currency.

"Even having fake Euros in your possession can lead to criminal charges.

"Authorities in many European countries treat this as a serious offence, with fines that can reach staggering amounts."

Using counterfeit money is considered fraud, carrying both heavy fines and potential prison sentences.

Holidaymakers are advised to only ever exchange money through official channels like banks, ATMS and official currency exchange services.

Experts also emphasised how important it is to be familiar with security features of genuine Euro notes, and remaining informed about the legal consequences of using counterfeit money.

Mr Minarik said: "The thrill of finding a bargain can quickly turn into a nightmare if you’re caught with counterfeit currency.

"For British tourists, the message is clear: steer clear of fake Euros sold through dubious channels like Telegram.

"The fines of up to €50,000 are not worth the risk.

"Stay safe, stay legal, and enjoy your holiday without the fear of hefty penalties hanging over your head."