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  • Natasha
    Natasha 개월 전 +112

    this was actually way more interesting than i expected it to be. he's professional/well-spoken but he keeps it interesting with cool tidbits like that pablo escobar's money made by generations of artisans is still in circulation

  • Ganiscol
    Ganiscol 개월 전 +64

    Clear, precise and "just the facts, ma'am" - This gentleman knows the business and how to talk about it. 🤑

  • ymcmb123jr
    ymcmb123jr 14 일 전 +7

    Customer came into my job the other week with the fakest $10 bill I've ever seen. Just to humor them I used the counterfeit pen, but if anyone saw it they'd know right away 😂.

  • Jacob
    Jacob 개월 전 +33

    This video is of good enough quality to be used as training for business employees.

    • secret squirrel
      secret squirrel 22 일 전 +1

      They want to see who watched it so they can get leads when the funny money starts floating around.

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  • Tim Hutchinson
    Tim Hutchinson 17 일 전 +6

    Would've loved to have him review the counterfeiting method used in Reacher (Amazon Prime).

  • Gary Eppenbaugh
    Gary Eppenbaugh 17 일 전 +5

    I've actually caught a counterfeiter.
    He photocopied bills and i knew they were fake by the paper

  • Coalman
    Coalman 6 일 전 +1

    Guys is clearly smart but at 0:48 he makes a mistake:
    Federal reserve notes did not exist yet (Fed started 1914).
    What he meant is national bank notes, since it was currency created by the federal government not the central bank

  • Jacob Stivers
    Jacob Stivers 개월 전 +20

    surprised they showed to live and die in LA. it’s very underrated imo. it’s not your average action movie

    • LdyVder
      LdyVder 23 일 전 +1

      My favorite movie with Willem Defoe early in his career. Been a fan since.

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  • Sophie KL
    Sophie KL 개월 전 +5

    I could listen to this man speak for hours.

  • Gary
    Gary 22 일 전 +21

    Interesting video, but the former Agent was wrong about President Lincoln being concerned about the Confederates printing counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes; the first Federal Reserve Note was printed in 1914. During the Civil War period, most official circulating currency was in the form of Demand Notes, National Bank Notes, and United States Notes.

    • narmale
      narmale 13 일 전 +3

      oh sure, mr president glad your here to set him straight

  • Sybilara
    Sybilara 14 일 전

    I believe in Money Heist, the Professor is actually quite focused on monetary policy

  • Amanda Croft
    Amanda Croft 20 일 전 +5

    My friend was getting a $100 bill tattoo and asked me to print him out a picture of both sides, larger than a life size bill for reference. I left it in the printer overnight and my roommate saw it and pulled me aside and was all "I know we're not doing great financially (this was like peak pandemic), but counterfeiting currency is not the answer!" And I just stare at him like he's an idiot. I have a color printer and I printed it black, not to mention it wasn't double sided, I'd have to cut out each side and glue them together. Also they're CLEARLY over 3x the size of a real bill. And it's just the one bill! I told him if I was going to do something that stupid, I'd be way smarter about it 😂

    • Amanda Croft
      Amanda Croft 17 일 전

      @E B I'm an artist and a perfectionist, I was insulted he thought I'd even consider the garbage in the printer as anything remotely good or even close to passable, not that he thought I'd commit crimes 😂

    • E B
      E B 19 일 전 +3

      😂 yeah at LEAST he could give you some credit for being better at crimes!

  • Max Spechter
    Max Spechter 개월 전 +35

    So my takeaway is that there's still hella lot fake money in circulation even if you can detect it

    • Michael Weiske
      Michael Weiske 5 일 전

      @chris notyou eh, not exactly. True, all currency has no literal value but more a community based value, but the difference between counterfeit and "real" currency is whether it is authorized, if it was printed by the government body responsible for the currency or not.

    • chris notyou
      chris notyou 11 일 전

      It's all fake. It's only worth as much as we collectively agree it does. It has no real value.

  • Michael Galindo
    Michael Galindo 10 일 전

    Yeah... just printing more money like that would definitely affect the economy.

  • secret squirrel
    secret squirrel 22 일 전 +3

    Live and die I'm L.A. was a great movie.
    Really under rated.

    • civlyzed
      civlyzed 20 일 전

      It is a good movie, but I haven't seen it in over 30 years and can't find it streaming anywhere :-(

  • Michael Weiske
    Michael Weiske 5 일 전 +3

    You'd have to think, with all the security details in U.S. bills, it would cost more to print them than their actual worth, unless you printed A LOT.

    • That Won Dude
      That Won Dude 15 시간 전

      That's probably why most counterfeiters try and make fraudulent $20, 50, or 100 notes. I heard that below $20, it actually isn't worth doing it.

  • Joe Baldwin
    Joe Baldwin 15 일 전

    Amazing how much tech goes into printing nonsense. I've got goldbacks that will probably be worth five times fiat in a year.

  • Dennis Anderson
    Dennis Anderson 21 일 전 +2

    The raised ink on genuine currency is why a blind person candistinguish a bill's denomination by feel, so that is very cool.

  • The Duke
    The Duke 10 일 전 +3

    The crazy thing to me is that Frank Abignail actually passed the bar, in real life he said it took more than 2 months of studying where as the movie he said 2 weeks, but still, the man passed the Louisiana bar without ever attending a day of law school.

    • Panferno
      Panferno 7 일 전 +1

      Pretty sure he was bullshitting as there was never a record of him or any of his aliases that passed the bar...

  • Harry Nicholas
    Harry Nicholas 23 일 전 +3

    we have plastic bills in the UK, with holograms and transparent sections, not easy to photocopy...

  • Justin Booth
    Justin Booth 24 일 전 +8

    At one point I tried to come up with a way to make un-counterfeitable currency and after like 5 levels of serial numbers, code scanners, recording transactions, and crazy encryption stuff I realised I had just come up with cryptocurrency :P

  • Leestheories 117
    Leestheories 117 22 일 전 +2

    If this man ever gets a chance I want him to check out “gas station encounters” fake 50 video

  • Hannah K
    Hannah K 23 일 전 +5

    Why doesn't US money use the more modern security features that other major currencies have adopted? Why not make it harder for the counterfeiters by changing the puzzle they're trying to solve?

    • shrimpflea
      shrimpflea 10 일 전

      There are more security features he didn't talk about but they are classifed, They don't want counterfeiters to know.

    • Jeff Titterington
      Jeff Titterington 11 일 전 +1

      For the same reason it's taking them so long to put a women's picture on a banknote - everything is political and nothing changes without a fight.
      And the vending machines would have to be upgraded as well - and retailers lobby politicians too.

    • Pops Mcgee
      Pops Mcgee 19 일 전 +1

      Don't know why they just didn't do an Australia real hard to counterfeit.

    • Amanda Croft
      Amanda Croft 20 일 전

      Because the US is secretly a bunch of different countries in a trenchcoat pretending to be one country. The same reason we have social security numbers, one of the least secure and most ineffective methods of identification. We think we're more organized and unified than we really are, and that causes huge security weak points

  • chris notyou
    chris notyou 11 일 전

    You heard him, as long as only 9999 of us print off a few hundred dollars a day it's okay. We will have to set up a schedule.

  • debeeriz
    debeeriz 16 일 전

    in live and die in la that was an offset printer, they do not print off of a metal plate they print off of a rubber blanket, the plate does not touch the paper unlike with letterpress or gravure

  • Havoc Maverick
    Havoc Maverick 21 일 전 +1

    You can't scan a whole bill, the scanner will not allow you to do it. Instead scan it in parts then then merge them together.

    • abigmonkeyforme
      abigmonkeyforme 18 일 전

      Hmmm... not sure which scanner you're referring to. I just put a bill in my scanner, it scanned the whole thing just fine. Maybe my scanner doesn't know the rules.

  • Blinkst
    Blinkst 개월 전 +14

    Australia just doesn’t make our money out of paper

    • Hannah K
      Hannah K 23 일 전

      Most modern currencies don't use paper any more and even when we did we were using security features that the US hasn't adopted yet.

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  • Stark Parker
    Stark Parker 27 일 전 +6

    VF uses a Chemex in the credits then sticks our man with a $20 hotel room coffee maker.

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    Leo is such a good actor bruh

  • Ickess
    Ickess 18 일 전 +1

    I service ATMs. I rip money all the time clearing jams. It is stronger then you think but will rip

  • Tish W
    Tish W 개월 전

    Awesome video!

  • EverybodyPanic
    EverybodyPanic 15 일 전

    I was hoping to see Beverley Hills Ninja 😂

  • Donald Holben
    Donald Holben 6 일 전

    In Canada our money is polymer, makes it harder to copy.

  • Robert Youshock
    Robert Youshock 개월 전 +6

    You forgot the best counterfeit money movie- Drake & Josh Go Hollywood

  • CreativeType
    CreativeType 11 일 전

    America using cotton currency meanwhile the rest of the world has moved on to plastic bills that are virtually impossible to replicate properly.

  • DezGSRD
    DezGSRD 29 일 전 +7

    This is why the rest of the world has moved to polymer notes

    • Justin Booth
      Justin Booth 24 일 전

      True makes it harder for people to just take out a printer and make some notes but all the same issues of foreign governments and crime organisations still exist

  • Randall
    Randall 10 일 전 +1

    He doesn't blink!

  • Zero
    Zero 개월 전 +1

    He's back!

  • MrEricSir
    MrEricSir 3 일 전 +1

    What he said about creating currency on a computer vs. verifying that a currency appears valid on a computer is not necessarily true. That's a classic example of the P vs. NP problem, which has yet to be proven one way or the other.

    • Bangkok Zed
      Bangkok Zed 일 전

      I was thinking about the same, a banknote can have features that are verifiable but difficult to replicate and that verification should be made automated. The older paper Canadian money had different markings depending on whether used the more common 395nm UV light or the rarer 365nm UV light, a scanner can be made to read both and count the dots. Anyways, I'm not into printing money (fake or real) but it's an interesting problem.

  • Ryan Brooks
    Ryan Brooks 23 일 전

    Why was Beverly Hills Ninja left out of this montage?

  • joeythelemur2
    joeythelemur2 22 일 전 +10

    9:20 "Printing boatloads of currency and dumping them in the economy can destroy a country very rapidly."
    USA in the last 2 years - "Let's print $16 trillion dollars and dump them in the economy!"

    • Riley Corrigan
      Riley Corrigan 11 일 전 +1

      That's not accurate. There are only $2 trillion actual dollars in circulation.
      I assume you're discussing the debt, or treasury bonds. Those are essentially obligations that the US will pay the creditor some amount, plus interest, at a later date. There is no money entering the economy, since the treasury bonds themselves have no direct monetary value until repaid.

    • Jason Park
      Jason Park 21 일 전

      Makes you wonder

    • [Twitch Streaming Channel] Q
      [Twitch Streaming Channel] Q 22 일 전

      Brilliant !

  • Václav Majer
    Václav Majer 26 일 전 +3

    you can see how inflation was increased so much in last 2 years thanks to printing LEGALLY 24/7

  • PM
    PM 개월 전 +13

    He seems real fun at parties.

  • alloutofnothingatall
    alloutofnothingatall 개월 전 +9

    vanity fair is wack for including catch me if you can. book just came out last year detailing that he didn't really do most of the things he claimed to do.

    • alloutofnothingatall
      alloutofnothingatall 개월 전 +3

      @zombiediet it's called The Greatest Hoax on Earth by Alan Logan

    • zombiediet
      zombiediet 개월 전

      @alloutofnothingatall what's it called my dude?

    • alloutofnothingatall
      alloutofnothingatall 개월 전 +1

      @zombiediet you should look up the book. the whole point is that he actually WASN'T a con man most of the time... the biggest con he pulled was getting people to believe his stories.

    • zombiediet
      zombiediet 개월 전 +2

      The man is still a experienced con man, I wouldn't believe him recanting either, I could see him feeling bad and being on the right side of the law now days and being like "I really wasn't that bad, I was lying" we'll which time?

    • Orion h
      Orion h 개월 전 +6

      Reality of a movie doesnt make it any less or enjoyable

  • Scott Mew
    Scott Mew 14 일 전 +1

    It's weird to see a young Willem Dafoe in the clip of "To Live and Die in LA". When Spider-Man 1 is your first introduction to the man, you always assumed he looked like that.

    • shrimpflea
      shrimpflea 10 일 전

      Why would anyone always assumed he looked like that? Are people that dumb?

  • AlucardNoir
    AlucardNoir 19 일 전

    Wait, so american dollars still don't use the EURion constellation that makes it impossible to photocopy them?

    • Frank Echanique
      Frank Echanique 11 일 전

      pretty sure color scanners/printers/copiers predate the EU... I'm sure a determined person could easily photocopy a euro

    • Hart Poole
      Hart Poole 16 일 전

      Those little yellow 100s on the note shown do the same thing, I don't know if they are the same formation. On Australian notes, one side has a small formation usually hiden in flowers and the other is pretty large in an otherwise blank section of the note.

  • John Barron
    John Barron 개월 전 +1

    Nice. 101 😄

  • Ronald Lee
    Ronald Lee 개월 전

    The Untouchables, Black Rain & etc?

  • bill ted
    bill ted 27 일 전 +1

    9:34

  • Jake Jonesy
    Jake Jonesy 개월 전

    Elon musk says hi

  • Enjoyer Regret
    Enjoyer Regret 개월 전

    Woaf

  • Ben Henderson
    Ben Henderson 개월 전 +4

    That’s Wack Bro

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    James Markley 개월 전 +13

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      Bicky Bickford 개월 전

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