German Woman Tries to Buy Car with Fake Money Printed on Inkjet Printer

A 20-year-old woman was recently arrested in Germany for walking into a car dealership and trying to by a €15,000 car with fake banknotes printed on a cheap inkjet printer using regular printing paper.

The unnamed woman reportedly walked into the car dealership in the German city of Kaiserslautern on Monday wanting to buy a used 2013 Audi A3. At first, everything went smoothly. She inspected the car, took it for a test drive, but when the time came to pay the €15,000 price, dealership staff were stunned to receive a waddle of €50 and €100 bills that looked more like Monopoly money than actual currency. One employee told German media that he literally asked the woman if she wanted to play Monopoly or buy a car, but after seeing that she was serious, he called the police.

Photo: Pirmasens Police Department

“We have experienced plenty of scam attempts before, but so far no one has been this brash,” a car dealership employee told NOZ. “I just asked her incredulously if she wanted to play Monopoly.”

When searching the 20-year-old’s home in the nearby city of Pirmasens, police found a regular ink jet printer loaded with uncut fake bills printed on regular sheets of paper, as well as €13,000 worth of fake euros. Apparently, the bills were so poorly made that anyone would have spotted that they were fake.

According to Germany’s Federal Criminal Police (BKA), counterfeiting money is punishable by at least one year in prison.

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“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.

Attempting to introduce fake currency in circulation on the German market is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, or a fine.

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