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Offline chrisild

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Two passengers and almost €300,000 in cash
« on: October 26, 2017, 06:43:25 PM »
When you leave an airport through the green (nothing to declare) exit, make sure you have nothing to declare. And yes, that also applies to cash ...

A few days ago, German customs found almost €300,000 worth of cash, in four different currencies, when they asked two passengers at the green exit for a luggage check. The two had come from Singapore via Finland, and had various newly purchased items (watches, phones, laptops) for their personal use - plus wads of banknotes.

The customs officers found 32,000 Singapore dollars (about €19,000) in one wallet, and euro cash, more SGD, US dollars and Nigerian naira notes (about €145,000) in the luggage. Plus a jacket and pants with 100,000 SGD - the grand total was almost €300,000.

Now you may well take and carry cash with you when you travel. But if you have more than €10,000 with you, you need to notify customs. (Proactively and in writing if you come from outside the EU, upon request when traveling within the EU.) These two said they had not known about this, and did not provide any information about the origin and purpose of the cash they had with them.

Well, currently they do not have that money any more. ;) Customs press release (in German) here: http://www.zoll.de/SharedDocs/Pressemitteilungen/DE/Bargeld/2017/z79_bargeld_flughafen_duesseldorf.html
(That is also the source of the attached images.)

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Re: Two passengers and almost €300,000 in cash
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2019, 11:54:42 AM »
Sometimes it's just one passenger, but almost three times that amount. :)
https://www.presseportal.de/blaulicht/pm/116257/4132011

The passenger in this recent case, a 26-year-old French of Chinese origin, had "forgotten" to declare the cash that he had with him, almost €870,000. He was about to fly from Dόsseldorf (DE) via Russia to China, and had cash packages, disguised as books, in his checked luggage. So not only did he not declare the cash (threshold €10,000) but customs and police will now investigate regarding money laundering too.

(Edit: The image from the press release is quite big, so I replaced the link with a "screenshot".)

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Re: Two passengers and almost €300,000 in cash
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2019, 09:42:43 PM »
Well, yes. It's easy to forget about some handy cash in your luggage when you are looking forward to many hours in an aluminium tube with airplane food as your top amusement :-\

Peter
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Re: Two passengers and almost €300,000 in cash
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2019, 03:51:13 PM »
On Thursday the Dόsseldorf police searched the apartments and storage rooms of two suspected drug dealers in D'dorf and neighboring Neuss (press release in German). The two men were arrested, the officers found about 5 kg cocaine, five guns and cash worth about €75,000. Now look at those notes: Lots of €50, a couple €100, a few €20. Only two €500 and no €200 ... ;D

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Re: Two passengers and almost €300,000 in cash
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2019, 04:31:19 PM »
Re-reading the first post, I wonder what the stupids of your first post had wanted to do with Nigerian nairas. Of, I got it. This Nigerian politician on the run gave them all his money and they just paid the transfer fee! :D

Peter
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