"How exactly did they come up with that ridiculous figure? I've just written a counterfeit cheque for six bazillion fizzillion pounds, is that newsworthy too?"
Would you please read the damn article before posting?!?
"More than $2.1bn in counterfeit cheques..."
Plural. MORE THAN ONE. Now, combine that with this line:
"Victims of fake cheque scams are losing an average of $3,000 to $4,000."
And this line:
"Many potential victims are unaware that they are liable for losses if the cheques they deposit prove to be hooky."
Lines 2 & 3 imply that the victim is liable for the entire amount, and that since the average amount per victim is $3,000 to $4,000, each check averages between $3,000 and $4,000.
Combine the above with the item of PLURALITY noted earlier, and we discover that if these checks were of average size, then there must have been no fewer than 525,000 fake checks involved. So yes, I would say that is far greater news than your one "counterfeit cheque for six bazillion fizzillion pounds."
Thank you all. I'm off my box, in the taxi, grumbling at annoyed cabbie.