23 Jul 2019
DIY counterfeiting: German woman attempts buying Audi with 'Monopoly' money
Money most certainly doesn't grow on trees, but that never stops people from wondering, "What if it did?"
Recently, a 20-year-old German woman walked into a car dealership with her eyes set on an Audi and a thick wad of €15,000 (Rs. 11.5L), all cash.
It didn't take long for the salesperson to identify the banknotes as fake since they looked like Monopoly money.
After test driving Audi A3, woman gave salesperson fake currency
The bizarre incident took place in the German city of Kaiserslautern on Monday, when the unnamed woman presented herself as a prospective customer and took a used 2013 Audi A3 for a test drive.
Everything went smoothly until the time of the transaction when the woman pulled out €50 and €100 bills to pay for the car, Oddity Central reported.
I asked her if she wanted to play Monopoly: Salesperson
Speaking to Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, a German-language local daily, the salesperson recalled being caught off guard and said that he had never seen anything like this.
He 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," he further said.
Inkjet printer loaded with fake bills found at woman's home
The salesperson alerted the police, who searched through the woman's home in nearby Pirmasens.
The police found a whole stash of counterfeit currency, printed out on regular paper from a standard Inkjet printer.
Along with the uncut fake banknotes, the police also found bills worth €13,000 worth (Rs. 10 lakh).
Reportedly, the bills were "so poorly made," anyone could have identified them as fake.
Counterfeiting punishable by at least one year in prison
According to Germany's Federal Criminal Police (BKA), counterfeiting is punishable by at least one year in prison.
"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," the law states.
So, here's a life lesson for you: Do not DIY your currency at home.