Counterfeiting

Stuff

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.
Brigitte Noël
7.24.16
Counterfeiting

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.
VICE News
4.13.16
peru

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.
VICE News
4.8.16
peru

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.
VICE News
3.28.16
Internet

Dark Web Vendor Sentenced for Dealing Counterfeit Coupons

"PurpleLotus" sold around $1 million worth of fraudulent vouchers.
Joseph Cox
1.14.16
Canada

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.
Matthew Braga
8.7.15
Stuff

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.
Seth Ferranti
4.6.15
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.
Justin Rohrlich
1.27.15
Travel

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.
Sam Koebrich
8.4.14
Motherboard Blog

Alleged Canadian Syrup Siphonists Seized

What motivated a mass maple syrup swipe in Quebec?
Daniel Stuckey
12.19.12
Motherboard Blog

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...
Adam Estes
9.25.12