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.

Security documents

At INTERPOL, we recognize the need to improve the security of official documents in two ways:

  • Improving the security features of the official documents themselves, in order to reduce the possibility of counterfeiting and falsification.
  • Raising the standards of proofing required in order to obtain official documents. In particular, this applies to child birth registration, birth certificates and emergency travel documents.

The INTERPOL Counterfeit and Security Documents Working Group works to address these issues and to provide a forum to exchange ideas and information. The objective is to bring together stakeholders from the different fields concerned, including the law enforcement community, private industry, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

25 November 2015

Experts gather at INTERPOL to identify emerging social engineering fraud techniques

18 November 2015

Indian prime minister and INTERPOL Chief discuss cooperation

18 November 2015

Global asset recovery cooperation focus of INTERPOL-StAR conference

06 November 2015

More than 130 detained in global action tackling airline ticket fraud

02 October 2015

Identifying fake documents focus of INTERPOL and Frontex workshop

21 September 2015

INTERPOL training in Senegal tackles corruption and financial crimes

06 August 2015

Corruption and financial crime focus of INTERPOL training in Botswana

04 August 2015

Illegal online gambling in Asia targeted in INTERPOL operation

02 July 2015

Forensic document examination focus of Balkans INTERPOL training

29 June 2015

Global action against online air ticket fraudsters sees 130 detained

05 June 2015

INTERPOL group to field test new ink dating protocols to aid fraud and forgery investigations

02 June 2015

UK initiative underlines role of due diligence in securing official documents

19 May 2015

INTERPOL meeting in Bucharest aims to set the course for European security

30 January 2015

Estonia hosts INTERPOL workshop on anti-corruption and financial crimes

28 November 2014

Global action against online fraud in the airline sector nets 118 arrests

16 September 2014

International cooperation against counterfeit currency and travel documents focus of INTERPOL meeting

22 May 2014

INTERPOL meeting puts document security under the microscope

30 April 2014

Criminal network involved in payment card fraud dismantled with INTERPOL support