A 20-year-old woman walked into a car dealership in Kaiserslautern city in Germany last Monday wanting to buy a second hand 2013 model Audi A3.
However, she was arrested for her brazen attempt to buy the €15,000 (over Rs 10 lakh) car with low-quality fake currency notes. The unnamed girl left the car dealership employees completely bemused when she tried paying for her purchased with a wad of banknotes she printed at home.
Gescheiterter Autokauf mit 15.000 € #Falschgeld. Junge Frau festgenommen. Bei der Durchsuchung in #Pirmasens wurden weitere “Blüten” im Wert von 13.000 € beschlagnahmt. Die Falsifikate waren auch für den Laien leicht erkennbar. Pressebericht: https://t.co/ZnbXstLELC pic.twitter.com/BskwqluLRG
— Polizei Pirmasens (@Polizei_PS) July 15, 2019
The police was immediately called upon after realizing that the woman was serious about going through the purchase. One of the employees said:
We have experienced plenty of scam attempts before, but so far no one has been this brash. I just asked her incredulously if she wanted to play Monopoly.
The police later found a regular inkjet printer loaded with uncut fake bills printed on regular sheets of paper, as well as €13,000 worth of fake euros, at the woman’s home in the nearby city of Pirmasens.
According to Germany’s Federal Criminal Police (BKA), counterfeiting money is punishable by at least one year in prison. The law states:
If the perpetrator acts professionally or as a member of a gang involved in a counterfeiting operation, then the imprisonment period is not less than two years.
In its most recent report on counterfeit euros in Germany, Federal Criminal Police (BKA) said that 54,000 counterfeit cases were reported in 2018, with 99,900 banknotes amounting to more than €17 million pulled from circulation.
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