Switzerland is an important financial centre and as such runs the risk of being targeted by those wishing to launder money obtained from illegal activities. Money laundering was first made an offence in the Swiss Criminal Code back in 1990, and since then the anti-money laundering legislation has been expanded and improved. The duty of care that all financial intermediaries must comply with provides Switzerland with an effective instrument to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. The Money Laundering Reporting Office at the Federal Office of Police collects and analyses reports of suspicious transactions and passes them on to the law enforcement authorities at federal and cantonal levels where there is reasonable suspicion that an offence has been committed.
Even in Switzerland, counterfeit money is constantly in circulation and anyone paying in cash may come into contact with it at some time. For this reason, it is recommended that you check any notes that you are given and reject them if you have any doubt as to their authenticity. Most counterfeit notes are easy to recognise. And remember, it is not only an offence to produce counterfeit money; it is also an offence to use money that you know is not genuine.