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Welcome to the News View for "Counterfeiting".

Here, on these archive pages, you'll find all of the articles on Payments News for Counterfeiting listed in date sequence beginning with the most recent article at the top of the page.

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January 12, 2012

FICO Analysis Shows Counterfeit Card Fraud Has Fallen Sharply in Europe

Fico logo 140x60ps FICO has released its analysis of data showing that major shifts have occurred in European card fraud patterns.
Analysis done on 55 million active credit cards represented in the FICO Falcon Fraud Consortium for Europe showed that counterfeit fraud fell 60% between March 2009 and March 2011. FICO's data also shows that card-not-present fraud accounted for 69% of all accounts victimized by fraud and 72% of all fraud losses.

July 29, 2010

Internet Crooks Craft Creative Counterfeiting Scam

Check fraud seems so old fashioned these days. But as this story points out, "these hackers got the account information in an unusual way: They broke into three websites that specialize in a little-known type of business — archiving check images online."

July 15, 2009

Book Recommendation: The Art of Making Money

Every once in a while we come across a new book that we think will be of interest to the payments professionals among our readership. (Note: you can find a selection of all of our prior book recommendations in our PaymentsNews Bookstore on

Today, we've got a new recommendation for you to consider - and it's ideally suited to summer vacation reading. The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter by Jason Kersten extends an article that he wrote in 2005 for Rolling Stone about master counterfeiter Art Williams.

The book "details how Williams painstakingly defeated the anti-forging features of the New Note, how Williams and his partner-in-crime wife converted fake bills into legitimate tender at shopping malls all over America, and how they stayed one step ahead of the Secret Service until trusting the wrong person brought them all down. A compulsively readable story of how having it all is never enough, The Art of Making Money is a stirring portrait of the rise and inevitable fall of a modern-day criminal mastermind."

It's a great read! Also available in a Kindle edition from If you're interested in learning more about the book, you should listen to this excellent interview of the author by KQED's MIchael Kransny last week and this article on

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