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Two Austrians Sentenced For Ordering Counterfeit Euro Notes To Finance Their Drug Addictions

Two men from Schärding, Austria and Ried, Austria were sentenced to prison for ordering counterfeit euro bills from the darknet and putting them into circulation to finance their narcotic addiction issues. According to police information, the two suspects, in order to finance their lives, and above it all, their drug addictions at least for a short time, ordered 50 pieces ... Read More »

Counterfeit Euro Notes In Sweden Increased By 120 Percent

According to a report conducted by the National Forensic Center (NFC) in Linköping, Sweden, the counterfeit euro notes in circulation in the country increased by 120 percent from 2014 to 2016. The National Forensic Center examines half of the total amount of counterfeit euro notes each year. Last year, they examined 660 fake bills. In two years, it is an ... Read More »

German Tried To Pay With Counterfeit Money For Pizza – Got Busted

A family man from Cologne, Germany was sentenced for trying to put counterfeit euro notes into circulation, which he bought from the dark web. Mike K. (his name was changed for privacy reasons), a 24-year-old family man was sitting in the courtroom for the charge of forgery on March 11. According to official court documents, the defendant ordered four pieces ... Read More »


Six Austrians Bought Counterfeit Notes From The Dark Web – Sentenced To Community Work

On Wednesday, the Wiener Neustadt Regional Court sentenced six young persons, aged between 16 and 20, to community work for buying counterfeit euro notes from the dark web. The prosecutor charged them with counterfeiting, or with the possession and transfer of the banknotes. According to official court documents, the defendants, five men, and a woman, despite their different occupations (students, ... Read More »

Montpellier: the former banker provided himself with fake notes on the darknet

French Banker Bought Counterfeit Euros From The Dark Web

The financial department of the SRPJ (Regional Judicial Police Service – Service Régional de Police Judiciaire in French) arrested a suspect for buying fake euro notes from the dark net. The defendant, a deputy director of a bank branch, who was currently on leave for training in a pilot school, was arrested at his home in Montpellier. According to police ... Read More »

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Tried To Buy Phone With Counterfeit Notes – Four Arrested In Lyon

Four men from Lyon, France were arrested for trying to purchase a phone using counterfeit bank notes. The event took place in Lyon on Monday, when the four suspects, aged between 17 and 22, tried to buy a phone with seven counterfeit 50 euro notes. After their detention, the suspects admitted that they ordered the counterfeit money from the dark ... Read More »


Narcotics, Weapons, And Counterfeit Money Found In German’s Apartment

A 28-year-old man from Stuttgart, Germany stood before court for possessing large amounts of narcotics, counterfeit money, and weapons in his apartment. According to police information, all illegal goods were ordered from the dark web. The case started in 2016 when the suspect bought a kilogram of marijuana from a dark web vendor “River 87”, the defendant confessed. Meanwhile, the ... Read More »

Two Swiss Arrested For Ordering Counterfeit Euros

A 20-year-old and a 28-year-old Swiss citizen were sentenced for using counterfeit euros that they ordered from the dark web. On April 20, 2016, the two suspects from Northwestern Switzerland ordered ten notes of 50 euros from the dark web, according to official court information. They paid for the currency with bitcoins. The duo received the bills on May 17. ... Read More »

Parts of Germany See Decline in Counterfeit Use

Counterfeit euros, according to law enforcement worldwide—but especially in Germany—circulated more rapidly than ever before. The notes became readily accessible to the public because of the increased usage of darknet marketplaces and other similar shops. Many reports from law enforcement agencies throughout Germany announced seemingly contradictory data regarding counterfeit euros. The German Federal Police Office announced that counterfeit bills circulated ... Read More »

German Police Expect Fewer Counterfeit Euros in 2017

The State Criminal Police Office (Landeskriminalamt or LKA in German), issued a statement that dually functioned as a warning. According to Nevin Ayyildiz, a spokesperson for the LKA, counterfeit €20-notes and €50-notes accounted for 60 percent of Hanover’s cashflow. However, the LKA spokesperson announced that the Police expect to see a “moderate decline” in counterfeit currency—compared to last year. In ... Read More »

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Two Germans Caught For Paying With Counterfeit Euros

Two 18-year-olds were arrested in Forcheim, Germany for trying to pay with counterfeit euro bills in a Christmas market. The suspects, both from Neustädt, were intercepted by an attentive shop owner who unmasked the forgery by checking the 50 euro bill the alleged criminals used to pay with a money check pin. Forcheim local police detained the suspects shortly after ... Read More »

Police Found Child Porn on the Laptop of a Counterfeit Euro Buyer

In 2015, the German Federal Police (BKA) located a suspected buyer of counterfeit Euros in Hamm. Officers raided the suspect’s residence in East Hamm of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. During the November raid, police found no trace of counterfeit euros but instead found 200 counterfeit US dollars. The BKA found no evidence that warranted incarceration; the suspect remained a free man. ... Read More »


Eight Arrested In Malta For Selling Counterfeit Euros

The financial division of Europol and Maltese law enforcement authorities arrested eight suspects who are believed to be selling counterfeit euros on the dark web. Officials say the gang was among the biggest euro counterfeiters on the dark net. Only eight people have been arrested by authorities, however, police claim they are a bigger part of a large international organization. ... Read More »


NapoliGroup Was Under Investigation in 2012 and Controlled 90% of the Counterfeit Flow

On December 8, Europol announced the takedown of a major counterfeiting ring. The Special Unit Currency Police and Tax Police Unit of the Guardia made the first arrest in Naples, Italy—where it all began. The announcement made by Europol explained the joint collaboration with various international agencies—but Europol partnered with Italian law enforcement in January 2015 and the investigation took ... Read More »