Counterfeit currency and security documents

The crime of counterfeiting currency is as old as the creation of money itself. Recent developments in photographic, computer and printing technologies, along with the availability of low-cost equipment, have made the production of counterfeit money relatively easy.

Criminals often use stolen or fake identity documents in order to carry out financial crimes. We are leading an international, cross-sector partnership to improve the level of security of official documents.

Project S-Print

Project S-Print is an international monitoring system on the security printing industry and suppliers, including the verification of second-hand intaglio machines, security printing equipment and suspicious purchase orders.

The objective of the project is to reduce the crime of currency counterfeiting and altered security documents by preventing the necessary production materials and supplies from reaching the counterfeiters.


  • Help establish new national monitoring systems and assist existing ones;
  • Prevent criminals from sourcing raw materials that could be used to counterfeit genuine currency and security documents;
  • Minimize the risk of misuse of Intaglio Machines;

Our ultimate goal is to combat currency counterfeiting world wide.

Suspicious orders

The following checklist is intended to help suppliers of printing materials identify orders that could be related to the manufacture of banknotes or identity documents.

Are any of these features present in the order?

  • Cash purchases;
  • Unverified residential addresses;
  • Personal collections;
  • Industrial equipment/supplies going to residential addresses;
  • Urgency of supplies;
  • Receipts/invoices not requested;
  • No contract requested for repairs/servicing.

Join the S-Print project

To apply for membership of S-Print, download and complete the registrations forms below.

       Membership Form (Acrobat file) 

       Code of conduct (Acrobat file)

Return your completed forms to:

Counterfeits and Security Documents
200 Quai Charles de Gaulle
Lyon, 69006

For more information, contact the Project directly.

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