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(St. Petersburg Times)   Three busted for offering community college class on how to change $5 bills into fake $100 Franklins   (sptimes.com ) divider line
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2006-07-27 02:18:59 PM  
Nice
 
2006-07-27 02:20:38 PM  
R.I.P. "For educational purposes only."

Stay in school. Drink yo milk.
 
2006-07-27 02:21:52 PM  
They used undisclosed chemicals to wash almost all traces of the markings off $5 bills and a commercial color copier to create fresh $100s.

Wow that sounds pretty farking easy. I wonder how good the end result looks? I'd guess not very.
 
2006-07-27 02:23:14 PM  
Jument: Commercial color copier? Pretty farkin' good.
 
2006-07-27 02:24:01 PM  
-I saw this in a movie once, I was wondering when somebody would try it. If they only made 10's and twenties and spent it wisely instead of trying to sell it, they'd probably still be in business. I'm sure other, smarter crooks are...


/Don't be greedy
 
2006-07-27 02:25:29 PM  
Watermark, not hologram (?)
 
2006-07-27 02:27:03 PM  
shaymlss

Yes, it is a watermark. Author is dumb.
 
2006-07-27 02:27:52 PM  
Someone, post that image that says "Somehow I don't think you've thought your cunning plan all the way through" over a pic of a kid with a fifties style haircut sticking a knife or a for or something into an electrical socket.

I love that image.
 
2006-07-27 02:28:56 PM  
It's a fairly common technique. It comes out a bit yellowish. You can tell something's screwy if you look at them. The head's usually a little wrong too. Store I used to work at got a bunch of those one day and not a single employee noticed them. I noticed on the first one the next morning. *brag*
 
2006-07-27 02:29:07 PM  
i wonder what chemicals / proportions..
 
2006-07-27 02:29:07 PM  
I took that class, I am dyslexic and accidently made a stack of 100's into fivers.
 
2006-07-27 02:29:36 PM  
shaymlss:

I was wondering when our money got holograms.
 
2006-07-27 02:31:10 PM  
I am intrigued by this guy's money erasing method, and would like to subscribe to his newsletter.
 
2006-07-27 02:32:31 PM  
this link is usless without instructions!
 
2006-07-27 02:34:34 PM  
Chainik Hocker: Someone, post that image that says "Somehow I don't think you've thought your cunning plan all the way through" over a pic of a kid with a fifties style haircut sticking a knife or a for or something into an electrical socket.


My pleasure:

my.voyager.net
 
2006-07-27 02:34:38 PM  
...each was held Tuesday in lieu of bail that exceeded $110,000.

thats only $5,500 in real money...
 
2006-07-27 02:37:47 PM  
So if you rinse off all the ink from a $5 bill, is it still worth $5?
 
2006-07-27 02:37:52 PM  
makes no sense, the pasco county sheriffs office did the sting, port richey is in pasco county, why the heck did the st. pete times put this in the hernando section???

-used to live near there...
 
2006-07-27 02:39:09 PM  
in vegas we like to call that process texas hold em
 
2006-07-27 02:41:55 PM  
www.uploadfile.info
impressed
 
2006-07-27 02:43:48 PM  
So, um... how does that work. Not that I would try it. How many can I get done at Kinkos for say $20.
 
2006-07-27 02:43:49 PM  
Canadian money actually does have holograms on it. Welcome to the 21st century, America.

Still, a clever crime, right up until they let others know they were doing it.
 
2006-07-27 02:47:43 PM  
I already know how to do this. You get 20 of them together and take them to the bank. The bank will change them into a hundred. Easy as pie.
 
2006-07-27 02:47:50 PM  
Why am I not surprised that this happened in Florida? By the way I never realized that our money had holograms. I thought they were watermarks. The new New York licenses have a hologram that looks like a piece of hair, though.
 
2006-07-27 02:49:53 PM  
titwrench

So, um... how does that work. Not that I would try it. How many can I get done at Kinkos for say $20.


I wouldn't worry about that, since even if it's only one, you're "in the green".
 
2006-07-27 02:50:57 PM  
Try scanning a piece of U.S. currency into a newer version of Photoshop. You will get warning and a failure to import it. BTW, it is not illegal to scan U.S. currency, following certain size guidelines, so Photoshop is being a nanny.
 
2006-07-27 02:51:55 PM  
Canadian money actually does have holograms on it. Welcome to the 21st century, America.

I only know a couple things about our money (thanks, discovery channel).

We have the most "secure" money in the world, since ours is what's counterfeit..counterfe...faked more than all other currencies combined.

If we don't use a hologram, there's a reason we don't use a hologram. Almost every other country uses an artist to design their money, while ours was designed by engineers for above mentioned reasons.
 
2006-07-27 02:53:01 PM  
There is also a strip in money now which when held up to light ou can see through the bill and it notes the denomination. Of course that means wherever you spent it would have to hold it up to a strong light...

For those who want linkage...

Here'sa nice guide
 
2006-07-27 02:59:46 PM  
i wonder if the author meant "printer" when they said "copier." i worked the late shift at kinkos for a couple years and of course the urge to print fake money struck me. all the newer-generation copiers we had in the store would recognize i was trying to copy currency and it would black out that area.

the older machines weren't that smart, but they also couldn't produce a convincing bill. not even good enough to fool a vending machine.
 
2006-07-27 03:00:05 PM  
All right, everything you said so far is entertaining, but back to the real question: what are these "undisclosed chemicals"?
 
2006-07-27 03:07:44 PM  
Columbian drug cartels have been doing this for years .... they would take $1 bills ... bleach them and reprint them as $100's.
 
2006-07-27 03:16:41 PM  
Aren't there any honest Columbian drug cartels any more?
 
2006-07-27 03:18:48 PM  
My dog wants chemicals!!!
 
2006-07-27 03:25:18 PM  
I like the article below

College not enough to separate best of friends

It's heart warming.
 
2006-07-27 03:27:10 PM  
ludwig12345
...but back to the real question: what are these "undisclosed chemicals"?


Bleach.

/not that I'd know....
 
2006-07-27 03:30:15 PM  
BlueGargoyle: the bank actually won't change your $20's into a hundred. Changing money up is illegal. "Money laundering." It's how you hide your drug money.
 
2006-07-27 04:01:10 PM  
it's called a watermark, not a "hologram". wtf?
 
2006-07-27 04:05:46 PM  
Wasn't this a Flintstones episode? I have this vague recollection of Fred and Barney hanging wet bills on clotheslines after doing the bleaching thing (but with a printing press).
 
2006-07-27 04:09:20 PM  
GoodOmens
Columbian drug cartels have been doing this for years .... they would take $1 bills ... bleach them and reprint them as $100's.


Wouldn't that make them "Columbian counterfeiting cartels"?
 
2006-07-27 04:13:03 PM  
$5 bills? Now I'm no genius, but I think I know a way to cut their raw material costs by $4 per unit.
 
2006-07-27 04:18:44 PM  
someone was doing this in Buffalo last week
 
2006-07-27 04:20:07 PM  
brewthunda:

$5 bills? Now I'm no genius, but I think I know a way to cut their raw material costs by $4 per unit.

$1 bills do not have the polyester strip therefore it would be a little easier to spot.
 
2006-07-27 04:31:48 PM  
Tom_Slick

Not to mention the watermark, which while people don't necessarily pay attention to, would notice if it were absent. Unless you're going for old style bills.
 
2006-07-27 05:21:21 PM  
All you people saying that you want to do this and want instructions realize that the FBI is monitoring this thread and taking names, right?

/put on your tinfoil hats
 
2006-07-27 05:56:53 PM  
Does anyboy remember the movie where they dd this? Was it 1 of the Beverly Hills Cop films?
 
2006-07-27 06:38:47 PM  
SLCBreezeBlueGargoyle: the bank actually won't change your $20's into a hundred. Changing money up is illegal. "Money laundering." It's how you hide your drug money.

I've worked for a couple of banks, including a very large one in their regional money room's vault (the part that sends and recieves money from the Fed) and it's not illegal to change money "up". The only time this is an issue and this still isn't illegal, is when your cash transaction is 10,000 or more . At that point, the bank has to fill out some IRS forms on you. However, $9,990 in twenties changed into hundreds? Sure, we can do that.

Of course, it was my job to catch counterfits before they were sent to the Fed and anyone trying to cash up any significant amount of money would have been heavily scrutanized anyway so good luck cashing up those bills anyway.
 
2006-07-27 06:57:38 PM  
We made fake twenties and passed them to weed dealers in SF after a friend got ripped off.
 
2006-07-27 06:59:20 PM  
JHaven: As a lowly teller at Wells Fargo bank, I was told changing money up was illegal. I guess I shouldn't have believed my man-hating dyke boss. She promoted Sheryl to head teller even though I had been there for three months before she showed up. What a biatch!
 
2006-07-27 06:59:30 PM  
I would find $9,990 in twenties quite suspect.
 
2006-07-27 07:22:45 PM  
BlueGargoyle: the bank actually won't change your $20's into a hundred. Changing money up is illegal. "Money laundering." It's how you hide your drug money.

Money laundering involves a little more then just changing the bills for other ones. Unless the bills you have are marked or there serial #'s are tracked, it's pointless and you still haven't "laundered" the money.

Money laundering involves concealing the source of your cash. Business fronts, fake transactions and the like so the 20k you made slinging drugs looks like it was obtained legally.
 
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