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Austrian Man Arrested for Reselling Counterfeit Euros

According to the National Police Directorate of Lower Austria, a 21-year-old bought counterfeit Euro notes on the darknet and had attempted to use them throughout Austria. After the police caught him, forensic investigators found evidence of several additional crimes stored on his computer. Not only had he ordered counterfeit notes on the darknet, he had also ordered drugs and routinely ... Read More »

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Darknet Vendors Sell Counterfeit TLS Certificates

Symantec declared in August last year that it was offering its digital security certificate business to DigiCert. In any case, this was after a long battle with Google, which claimed that loose security controls at Symantec enabled bad actors to purchase TLS certificates. These certificates, for use with Transport Layer Security, give verification and data encryption between servers. Moreover, counterfeit ... Read More »

Counterfeit Buyer Sentenced to Probation in Germany

A judge at a court in Baden-Württemberg sentenced a 23-year-old to a two year suspended sentence for buying counterfeit euros on the darknet. The circumstances surrounding the lenient sentence surprised even the defendant himself as he had a criminal record with 12 entries. The 12 crimes the defendant had previously committed included an almost identical counterfeit crime. “Another jam and ... Read More »

Man Busted After Paying for a Package with Counterfeit Euros

A 30-year-old Friedrichshafen man faced a judge in a district court for the following crimes: drug trafficking, drug cultivation, drug possession, counterfeiting money, and unauthorized weapon possession. Although the prosecution fought for imprisonment, Judge Martin Hussels-Eichhorn showed mercy to the defendant by requiring only probation. The District Court of Tettnang heard how the 30-year-old had committed a wide array of ... Read More »

Man Arrested for Buying Counterfeit Euros in 2015

After he had arrived at an airport in Madrid, local law enforcement arrested a 29-year-old from Switzerland on an international arrest warrant. He had no idea why Madrid authorities had arrested him, he told the courtroom at the district court in Lörrach, Germany. After two beatings, he said, he understood that a 2015 purchase of counterfeit euros from a darknet ... Read More »

Suspended Sentence for Counterfeit Buyer

A 35-year-old from Sigmaringer, Germany ordered counterfeit 20-euro notes on the darknet and used the notes in local shops and stores. The court sentenced him to one year and three months on a suspended sentence. The man admitted that he had purchased and spent the counterfeits more than one year ago. Police in Sigmaringer learned of the counterfeit notes after ... Read More »

Two Sentenced for Selling Counterfeit Euros on the Darknet

In early June, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) arrested two counterfeiters in Duisburg-Neudorf after they had shipped a package of fake Euros to a customer without the proper postage. The package returned to sender and the counterfeiters had used the address of a neighbor. In December, a district judge finally sentenced both suspects for printing counterfeits and selling them ... Read More »

Alphabay Counterfeit Vendor “VIB” Busted in Austria

At the Vienna Regional Criminal Court, an entire “counterfeiting gang” received sentences for producing counterfeit Euro notes and selling them on Alphabay. According to the court, the four members of the so-called “counterfeiting gang” had set up a workshop at a residence in the Landstraße district. The group of Austrians received different sentences based on the roles they played in ... Read More »

Napoli Group Counterfeit Vendor Sentenced to House Arrest

Carmine Guerriero, one of the main actors associated with the international counterfeiting ring known as the “Napoli Group,” received a five year sentence for his role in the crime syndicate’s activities. For the widespread distribution of hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Euros, Guerriero will spend five years under house arrest. The Guardia di Finanza arrested Guerriero in December 2016. More ... Read More »

Suspended Sentence for German Counterfeit Buyer

In Bamberg, a set of poorly printed euro notes led to the arrest of a 26-year-old who had ordered hundreds of counterfeit euros from the darknet. The investigation began in January after a shopkeeper immediately spotted the fake notes based on their poor design and construction. Despite the defendant’s poor odds of walking out of the courtroom, the judge let ... Read More »

Dealer Busted After Buying Counterfeit Euros on the Darknet

In the town of Brilon in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the Federal Criminal Police Office raided a 20-year-old who had ordered counterfeit money on the darknet. To the Federal Criminal Police Office’s (BKA) surprise, they could not find any counterfeit banknotes on the 20-year-old’s property, despite their own intelligence that indicated otherwise. Instead, the BKA found a cache of drugs “in ... Read More »

Drug Task Force Sees Counterfeit Oxy Influx in Central Oregon

According to Lieutenant Nick Parker of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement task force, the so-called “Central Oregon opioid epidemic” has expanded to include darknet drugs. Darknet drugs, the Lieutenant explained, encompassed an entire category or counterfeit or “mismatched” pills. The influx of counterfeit pills did not begin with the darknet, but Parker implied the issue had taken off during the ... Read More »

More than 50 Arrested in International Darknet Counterfeit Sting

  Through an international operation, Europol and local law enforcement agencies arrested 53 counterfeiters that distributed or purchased fake euro banknotes via the darknet. The “joint action day” involved seven EU Member States, coordinated by Europol, their press release noted. The entire operation fell into place after the arrest of a single counterfeiter in Austria. After Austrian authorities busted the ... Read More »

Carinthian Counterfeit Vendor Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

In Carinthia, a 34-year-old received three years imprisonment for producing and selling counterfeit Euros on the darknet. In total, according to the Public Prosecutor, the Carinthian created more than 6,000 50-euro bills. The man had offered a fake driver’s license on the darknet and had several weapons in his home. The defendant had ordered many of the supplies in 2016. ... Read More »

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Only 3% of Counterfeit Euros in France from Darknet Markets

France, despite a drastic decline in counterfeit use throughout Europe, still sees a significant number of counterfeiting crimes. Very few of the counterfeit noted in circulation originated from within France, as well. Yet, out of all the countries in Europe, France is first on the list of countries most affected by counterfeit currency. The director of the anti-counterfeiting detailed the ... Read More »