How to Print $250 Million in Fake Money and (Mostly) Get Away With It
Over Goldschlager, the world's self-dubbed best counterfeiter tells us how he got caught, but is still a free man.
How to Make Fake Bills Look Real
In this excerpt from 'Lima's Fake Dollars,' VICE News meets a counterfeiter who goes through the finishing techniques used to make forged $20 dollar bills look believable.
Arrested Ringleader Nets Police $32 Million of Fake Bills
In this extra scene from 'Lima's Fake Dollars,' VICE News meets the ringleader of a counterfeit bill operation who was arrested along with more than 100 million forged Peruvian soles, worth $32 million.
The World Leader in Counterfeiting: Lima's Fake Dollars
VICE News goes undercover to expose the illegal trade in counterfeit money in Peru and gets rare access to the criminal forgers who show us how these bills are made.
Dark Web Vendor Sentenced for Dealing Counterfeit Coupons
"PurpleLotus" sold around $1 million worth of fraudulent vouchers.
Canadian Students Made This Neat Nanotech Ink to Thwart Counterfeiters
A smartphone camera's flash and some fancy processing algorithms are all that's needed to verify the authenticity of whatever the ink has been applied to.
How a Notorious Counterfeiter Reinvented Himself as an Artist
Arthur J. Williams Jr. seems to have finally gone legit thanks to a prison art class and a passion for painting money.
crime & drugs
The Counterfeiting Missionary and the Fake Pittsburgh Playboy
In 2013, a counterfeit $100 bill was used at a Pennsylvania coffee shop. It would lead the Secret Service from the Pittsburgh society pages to the dark net — and finally to a Texan ex-missionary living in Uganda.
Checking Out Istanbul's Knockoff Marketplace While It Lasts
As Turkey's relationship with the European Union becomes tighter, adopting its copyright standards is nearly a foregone conclusion. For now, knockoff peddlers are able to do their business more or less in the open, dealing mostly to European tourists.
Alleged Canadian Syrup Siphonists Seized
What motivated a mass maple syrup swipe in Quebec?
Why Counterfeiters Love Election Years
Everybody loves an election year. The campaign volunteers are out and about, wearing matching T-shirts, holding clipboards and sticking lawn signs into the dirt. The TV is buzzing with the latest scooplet about this candidate's silly gaffe or that...