JohnAnnArbor: Those were there when I bought
Sock Ruh Tease: With the price of ink as it is, it probably costs over $100 to print one $100 bill.
BumpInTheNight: High/low on how many of those bills make it to the evidence locker?
Happy Hours: BumpInTheNight: High/low on how many of those bills make it to the evidence locker?It's a printer from Walmart. How real do you think the counterfeits looked?I doubt I could even fool a drunken stripper who smoked crack between lap dances in a dimly lit club with a counterfeit $1 bill I produced on my printer.
sloshed_again: How do you leave them in the printer?If it's jammed do you not know how to unjam?Jammin, Bob Marley rocks!
BumpInTheNight: /Any budget printer can do the DPI needed, its the media that's the tricky part
Popcorn Johnny: It's a crime to photocopy money? Attempting to use it is another matter, but seems that just making a copy wouldn't mean a crime had been committed
MorteDiem: I saw the picture of the person of interest and thought, huh, he looks just like a guy I used to work with. I then noticed the location, 30 miles from where we worked...
Ivo Shandor: Popcorn Johnny: It's a crime to photocopy money? Attempting to use it is another matter, but seems that just making a copy wouldn't mean a crime had been committedIt may not even be possible on standard equipment. There's a special pattern of circles on bank notes which can be detected by photocopiers and scanners.Anyone using a color printer should also be aware that it may be watermarking every output page with a coded pattern of yellow dots which identify the manufacturer, serial number, etc.
jtown: (Pretty sure there was a MWC episode where Al tried to pass a counterfeit bill to Bud then realized he left the original bill in the copier.)
A Shambling Mound: The only actual counterfeit bills I have ever handled (in many years of cash handling) were all "washed" bills, usually $5 bills bleached and then re-printed as $20s or $100s. That doesn't fix the watermark or security strip problems though and the colors were kind of smudgy on every one I ever saw.Counterfeiting is a fool's game.
geekbikerskum: Yeah, it is, as far as I understand it, subject to some of the restrictions already mentioned upthread. From what I've heard, a fair number of people photocopy/scan/print copies of currency just because they're bored and goofing around, without any intent to ever spend the copies. If it's something you do in the privacy of your own home and you destroy the copies afterwards, arrest seems pretty unlikely. After all, who's ever going to know?
Loren: A Shambling Mound: The only actual counterfeit bills I have ever handled (in many years of cash handling) were all "washed" bills, usually $5 bills bleached and then re-printed as $20s or $100s. That doesn't fix the watermark or security strip problems though and the colors were kind of smudgy on every one I ever saw.Counterfeiting is a fool's game.There have been counterfeiters that produced a very good product although AFIAK they can't do things like the security strip. Their stuff spends fine but sooner or later it's going to be traced back to them.
Enemabag Jones: A Shambling Mound ,Counterfeiting is a fool's game.North Korea has some supernotes that might have slipped by./These are not done on hp inkjets or color copiers.
Loren: Then there's the bill I ran into some weeks ago (I was next to the woman trying to spend it) that drew the interest of just about everyone around. It was a genuine $1 bill that someone had stuck a very carefully designed sticker on. I forget what face was on the sticker but it wasn't the right one. The woman hadn't noticed it, the cashier at first didn't but then realized it didn't look right and looked more closely. All of us who looked at it didn't realize the problem at first, multiple people were asking what the problem with it was. It was the clerk who figured out it was a sticker.
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