Europol authorities raid counterfeiters | Coin World


Between Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, Europol, the law enforcement agency of
the European Union, staged a series of raids to disrupt the
distribution of counterfeit
euro bank notes

The agency said in a Dec. 7 press release that it raided 300 houses
in 13 countries, resulting in the detention of 235 suspects. In
addition to seizing about 1,500 fake euro notes, the haul included
drugs, weapons, computers, mobile phones, Bitcoins, and what is
described as hardware for mining virtual currencies. In Germany, two
marijuana growers were found, and in France, a counterfeit
print shop
and another marijuana facility.

The raids resulted from a discovery that exposes the existence of a
new world of counterfeiting. The Austrian Federal Police found last
June that over 10,000 fake €10, €20, and €50 notes were sold over the
Darknet to buyers across Europe.

Techopedia defines the Darknet as “networks that are not indexed by
search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Bing … that are only
available to a select group of people and not to the general internet
public, and only accessible via authorization, specific software and
configurations. This includes harmless places such as academic
databases and corporate sites, as well as those with shadier subjects
such as black markets, fetish communities, and hacking and piracy.”

Deputy executive director of Operations for Europol, Wil van Gemert,
said: “This joint effort highlights that complete anonymity on the
internet and the Darknet doesn’t exist. … Europol will continue to
assist Member States in their efforts of protecting the euro against
counterfeiting, both in the real world as in the virtual one.”

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