25 Nov 2018
We just got back from a nine days in Barcelona (plus three in Madrid), and had a wonderful time overall. We knew to be vigilant about pickpockets and didn’t have any problems with them, but we didn’t know to watch for counterfeit money and unfortunately got scammed by a taxi driver.
When we (myself, my wife, and our young daughter) got in the cab, the driver said it was cash only, which apparently should’ve been a big red flag because I’ve since been told that taxi drivers are required to have card processing machines. I only had a 50-euro note and used it to pay the 10-euro fare, getting two 20-euro notes in change. I’m not that familiar with the euro currency and thought taxi drivers were supposed to be honest, so I just pocketed the notes and thanked the driver for the ride.
I tried to use one of the 20s the next day in another cab, and the driver said it was fake and he couldn’t accept it. He showed me how it didn’t have the silver foil that proper notes have. I kept the two fake 20s in my pocket for a couple days and after they got wet due to some rain, the ink ran. Clearly fake, and an expensive lesson.
Just sharing this so others can add counterfeit money to the list of scams to watch out for.