Today's counterfeiters fire up home printers
Posted: May 12, 2014 at 3:41 a.m.
Tarshema Brice hardly ranks among the world’s elite counterfeiters. But with the help of modern consumer technology, she developed an exacting system for crafting fake U.S. greenbacks. First, the 34-year-old hairstylist and janitor took $5 bills with a specific watermark and soaked them with Purple Power degreaser. Next, she scrubbed off the ink with a toothbrush. After drying the now-blank notes with a hair dryer, she fed them through a Hewlett-Packard Co. 3-in-1 inkjet printer that emblazoned them with scanned images of $50 or $100 bills.
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