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Q: How do I get access to counterfeit money? ( Answered,   8 Comments )
Subject: How do I get access to counterfeit money?
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: kaybli-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 26 Oct 2006 13:48 PDT
Expires: 25 Nov 2006 12:48 PST
Question ID: 777218
I need $1000 in counterfeit cash to help show my employees the
difference between real money and counterfeit. How do I get some
counterfeit money?
Subject: Re: How do I get access to counterfeit money?
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 26 Oct 2006 14:05 PDT

You can purchase counterfeit bills to show your  employees the
difference between real money and counterfeit on eBay.



$100 BILLS

$10 AND $5

These auctions end in seven hours so you'd better hurry.


Here are some informative articles on how to detect counterfeit money:

Search terms:
Counterfeit money
How to detect counterfeit money

I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards,
Subject: Re: How do I get access to counterfeit money?
From: probonopublico-ga on 26 Oct 2006 14:40 PDT
I bought some joke money from a street trader in Brighton: there was
'The Bank of Wales' with Princess Di's head; The Bank of Fawlty Towers
with Connie Booth's head; etc.

These went down well.

Then I went back for more and I paid the trader with a 20 note of his joke money.

He pocketed the note and started counting out my change.

So I told him.

His response: 'Yes these notes could fool some people ...'
Subject: Re: How do I get access to counterfeit money?
From: oleksij-ga on 26 Oct 2006 17:15 PDT
<a href="://">Ask google</a> :)
Subject: Re: How do I get access to counterfeit money?
From: ga1970-ga on 27 Oct 2006 04:28 PDT
As I understand the question, kaybli is enquiring "counterfeit" money.

The bills for sale on E-bay are "novelty" not "counterfeit".
According to the description they are marked "Play Money", and if you
look at the photographs you can see that they are clearly marked "Not
Legal Tender".

In my opinion these would be useless for the purpose of training employees.

In my country, bank branches are issued with books showing pictures of
foreign currency notes, and they also have detailed pictures and
descriptions of the national (Euro) currency.

Maybe your local Chamber of Commerce or similar business association can help,
or perhaps your own bank branch would have some brochures about
recognizing fake currency.  And of course the links given by bobbie7
should be very helpful.

It would probably be impossible for you to get examples of counterfeit money.
Counterfeiters and criminals wouldn't want to give themselves away.
The authorities wouldn't want to let any examples they have seized
into circulation again.
Anyway, it may even be illegal to possess fake money.
Subject: Re: How do I get access to counterfeit money?
From: canadianhelper-ga on 27 Oct 2006 10:08 PDT
I'm with ga1970 on this can't legally buy 'counterfeit' money.

What I have done is have the local police come in with samples to show
the employess and as mentioned by someone else we have a book of
common counterfeit mistakes.

One possible idea is to go to North Korea and exchange your US dollars
for some of their US dollars as they are known to be flooding the
market with counterfeit money (gotta build those nukes somehow!)
Subject: Re: How do I get access to counterfeit money?
From: tardis-ga on 27 Oct 2006 11:32 PDT
Why do you need $1000 in counterfeit money??? If it's for your
employees' education wouldn't just a couple of bills be more helpful?
Especially a $20 bill, since I believe it's the most commonly
Subject: Re: How do I get access to counterfeit money?
From: myoarin-ga on 27 Oct 2006 13:38 PDT
Of course it is illegal to buy counterfeit money, the kind of stuff
you say you want to show to your employees. You would be a party to
the distribution of the same, even if you could claim that you had a
harmless intention.
Google Answers Terms of Service prohibits answering questions of this
type.  Bobbie has found a harmless alternative, but also provided the
right solution to your problem  - give the employees the right
information about how to identify bonafide US currency.

I don't know if this still works, but 15 years ago in Canada, a
cashier used a special felt pen on my US notes.  Apparently, the color
of the mark it made indicated that the bill was a real one.
It is also possible to identify bonafide notes by exposing them to UV
light, which can be done with a UV fluorescent-type lamp/flashlight.
Subject: Re: How do I get access to counterfeit money?
From: canadianhelper-ga on 28 Oct 2006 06:00 PDT
Myoarin:  Some info on that!

From How stuff works

 If you have looked at the most recent $20 bills from the U.S. Bureau
of Engraving and Printing, you know that they have an army of security
features designed to make counterfeiting more difficult. The most
obvious of these features is the "20" in the lower right corner
written in color-change ink. There's also a security strip embedded in
the paper to the left of Andrew Jackson that is visible if you hold
the bill up to the light. Other new features include micro-writing, a
watermark and very closely spaced lines (for example, behind Jackson's
face) that are harder for a counterfeiter to reproduce.

All of these features are nice, but no store clerk is going to stand
and hold each $20 bill he or she receives up to the light to check for
a security strip! It takes too long and it is not a flattering pose to

The counterfeit detector pen solves the biggest counterfeiting threat
today. It used to be that a counterfeiting operation used expensive
presses and special inks and papers to create exact duplicates of the
bills. Today, the threat is much more mundane -- people with color
copiers and color printers try to create passable facsimiles of a
bill. They are not trying to make an exact copy. They are trying to
create something close enough that people won't notice anything if
they give the bill a passing glance. These folks are not particularly
careful or meticulous, so they copy or print onto normal, wood-based

The counterfeit detector pen is extremely simple. It contains an
iodine solution that reacts with the starch in wood-based paper to
create a black stain. When the solution is applied to the fiber-based
paper used in real bills, no discoloration occurs. The pen does
nothing but detect bills printed on normal copier paper instead of the
fine papers used by the U.S. Treasury.
Subject: Re: How do I get access to counterfeit money?
From: myoarin-ga on 28 Oct 2006 06:55 PDT
Hey, thanks, CH.  I hope the questioner is also interested.

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