Man arrested for selling thousands of counterfeit €50 notes on darknet

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A man accused of selling counterfeit banknotes on darknet marketplaces has been arrested and his digital print shop dismantled.

He was arrested in Poland on Friday when he was allegedly on his way to post dozens of envelopes filled with fake €50 notes to customers all over Europe.

According to Europol, the man had been active on darknet platforms for many years and had a strong reputation as a counterfeiter.

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The man is believed to have been based near Gdansk, Poland

The Polish Central Police Investigation Bureau (CBSP) celebrated “the cooperation of many institutions” as it announced the man’s arrest.


The CBSP said it had received information about the counterfeit notes through Europol, with the counterfeiter believed to be based near Gdansk on Poland’s Baltic coast.

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An illegal print shop was closed down

After collaborating with Austrian police, investigators found the man in Gdynia, a city roughly 30km (18 miles) north of Gdansk.

It is believed he produced over 10,000 counterfeit €50 banknotes and sold them through online criminal marketplaces.

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The man was arrested on his way to allegedly post the illegal notes to customers

Darknet marketplaces function similarly to open web sites such as Amazon or eBay, featuring independent vendors selling drugs, services, weapons, and counterfeit documents.

AlphaBay, the largest criminal marketplace on the dark web, and Hansa, the third largest, were shut down in an international policing operation last July.

Since then, researchers have detected cyber criminals moving to decentralised markets and messaging networks in an attempt to avoid law enforcement.



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