The 61-year-old was at his regular stand near one of the city's main train stations when he was approached at rush hour.
The crook demanded change after picking up a paper and it was only later the vendor found he'd been passed a dud.
The note in question is a poor-quality fake been printed at an angle that does not feel real.
The metal strip which runs through all legitimate currency has been drawn on in silver pen.
The vendor said: "A man came up to me and said: 'Can I have an Evening Times?' Then he handed me a £10 note and I gave him his change as usual."
It happene dint he rush hour and it wasn't until he cashed up that night the vendor spotted he had been conned.
The culprit was described as in his twenties, white, about 5ft 6in tall of medium build with short blonde hair.
The vendor has been serving Evening Times readers in Glasgow for ten years and says this is only the second time he's been passed a fake.
But other vendors in the area have said they are aware of crooks working in teams trying to pass of fake cash.
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "We are not aware of any influx of counterfeit currency in the city centre but we get notes handed in now and again.
"If anyone receives one we would ask them to report it to their local police."
The fake note in question is a Bank of Scotland £10 note, dated September 17, 2007, with the number AM732730.
Genuine Scottish bank notes have a watermark that is hardly visible until it is held up to light.
Each note also has an individual serial number and fluorescent features, which show up when they are exposed to ultraviolet light.
Bank notes are printed on special paper, which feels rough - not smooth, shiny, limp, oily or waxy.
Metallic thread is embedded in the paper of all bank notes.