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Prolific Darkweb Counterfeit Vendor Arrested in Poland

An investigation by the Gdańsk Bureau of the Polish Central Bureau of Investigation led to the arrest of one of the most prolific counterfeit euro distributors on any darkweb marketplace. According to one announcement from law enforcement, the alleged vendor had been producing and selling fake euro notes for several years. As with many of the recent counterfeit vendor busts of a similarly large scale, Europol coordinated much of the investigation and facilitated the cooperation between law enforcement agencies in at least two countries.

The Gdańsk Bureau of the Polish Central Bureau of Investigation (Centralne Biuro Śledcze, CBŚP), at an undisclosed date, received a notice from Europol indicating that a large-scale counterfeit operation was based somewhere in Poland. The press release from Europol and the similar announcements from law enforcement in Poland are painfully vague and non-specific in the summaries of the root of the Investigation and, for more obvious reasons, even more vague regarding a potentially massive number of future investigations. Something unknown to the public alerted Europol and Austrian authorities to the presence of a counterfeit manufacturer in Poland with connections throughout Europe.

After learning that a potential supplier of a massive number of high-quality counterfeit notes operated from within Poland, the Polish Central Bureau of Investigation in Gdansk “immediately” cooperated with international law enforcement. In this case, the internal law enforcement came from Austria. At the time this article was written, no Austrian law enforcement agency had issued an announcement detailing any role in an international counterfeit bust; with Europol and CBŚP’s vague references to Austrian law enforcement, we are not even aware of the branch of law enforcement involved in the operation. More importantly, the role the Austrian law enforcement agency played in the operation is completely unknown.

Austria has been at the center of many recent cases involving counterfeit euro manufacturers, vendors, resellers, and even regular users. One of the more prominent cases involved a counterfeit euro vendor who sold his notes through Alphabay, his own clearnet site, and several fraud forums. The vendor, known as “VIB” or “Very Important Bills” sold law quality bills in very large quantities. VIB, a 25-year-old living in Landstraße, Austria, landed in police custody in December 2017 after law enforcement caught one of his regular customers spending the fake notes at stores in Germany. After VIB’s arrest, members of a certain fraud forum expressed their concern that VIB would give the police all the information he had on his customers. He had thousands of them, according to police records released in court.

After learning that VIB received a sentence of less than three years in prison, some of his former customers suspected that he had helped the police identify his customers in exchange of a light prison sentence. Several former customers reported that they knew someone who had received a visit from the police concerning VIB counterfeits after the VIB arrest. Austrian and German law enforcement agents have been cracking down on the use of counterfeit euro notes and have finally reached a point where store clerks and bank employees can recognize them by looking at them, and not with the assistance of a counterfeit pen. Law enforcement in Germany and in Austria have reported that counterfeit note usage is down. And certainly down when compared to the explosive effect the infamous Napoli Group had on the counterfeit market.

While we are unaware of the details of Austrian law enforcement’s involvement, we know that Polish law enforcement “immediately” reached out and collaborated with the Austrian authorities. Europol helped coordinate the investigation. Jointly, the law enforcement agencies circled in on the location of the vendor. They had intercepted three packages filled with counterfeit notes that helped pinpoint the specific house the alleged counterfeit maker had been using as a workshop.

The suspect lived in the city of Gdynia. Polish police caught the man as he was preparing to drop off dozens of packages of counterfeit notes addressed to customers spread throughout Europe. The police found thousands of fake notes at his home and ample evidence that he had been producing and selling counterfeits. Europol reported that he had distributed at least 10,000 notes over the course of several years. His darkweb vendor account had “a strong reputation.” If convicted of producing counterfeit notes, the defendant will leave a minimum sentence of five years in prison.

24 comments

  1. Colucci doesn’t reply any of messages. I think unfortunately it’s Colucci :(
    Normally he replies fast enough, but this time he ignores.
    He was one of the best counterfeit vendors.

  2. i’ve Colucci on Jabber, but he is about a week or so not online anymore. Can somebody confirm Colluci has been arrested?

  3. i’m affraid it’s colucci. He doesn’t answer my questions either. I know him almost 2 years

  4. what is going on? He doesn’t answer my questions either????

  5. What shame , Colucci’s time is oveR

  6. Any other sources that can confirm that it is Colucci?
    His packages never came from Poland (according to a friend ofc).

    Has he answered anybody since then on DM?
    How does he still get online?
    Police cracked his PC? Didnt encrypt it or what?

  7. Any other sources confirming its coluccI?

  8. Its not colucci, you can check it, the notes of the police pics and vids are not the same of colucci, they dont have many of him feautures.

    news.sky.com/story/man-arrested-for-selling-thousands-of-counterfeit-50-notes-on-darknet-11508095

    tvp.info/39159766/sprzedawal-podrobione-euro-za-pomoca-darknetu

    But yes, he doesn’t appear, doesn’t answer any msg and the profile of the news match with colucci’s profile…

  9. Colucci est connecté au DM

  10. i’m not sure if it’s colucci or not, but he doesn’t answer any of my messages. He is almost every day online until today, but answers not any customer i think?
    If it’s the Police, i think they now track each of the costumers address.
    Please be aware!!!!!!
    Don’t order before we know more about this!

  11. I thing the fucking FEDS are now investigate all the addresses from Colucci’s database on Dreammarket!!!

  12. I think it’s not him. Because his notes do not think they are made on a printer rather offset they have a microtext and everything else. He is a professional and I do not think he will do them in his home. I hope he is not.

  13. we are fucked, we do not know if it is colucci, but there are many coincidences. It does not answer the messages and it takes too much time for your deliveries.

  14. Maybe its levistrauss

  15. maybe its levistrauss

  16. hi guys… i contacted colucci in september and he had problems with delivery and at the end of september it was solved he said. I ordered and a couple days he answered my messages, but until today ( it’s almost 3 weeks ) i’m wait for my package and not any reply to my msg.
    very sad :(

    • plastikman

      Colucci say. not arrested ¡¡¡
      UPDATE 16/10: FELLAS I HAVE NOT BEEN ARRESTED AS ANYONE IS STATING ON DEEPDOTWEB. THE ONES WHO BOUGHT FROM ME KNOW THAT I DO NOT SHIP FROM POLAND. IM TRYING TO ANSWER YOU ALL IN TIME IN THE LITTLE TIME THAT I HAVE TO COME ONLINE. MOST OF THE RESHIPS ALREADY LANDED, FOR THE ONES WHO DIDNT RECEIVED IT YET YOU SHOULD BE RECEIVING THIS NEXT DAYS.
      SORRY FOR THIS MESS FELLAS, EVERYTHING IS NOW RUNNING FAST AS BEFORE, ONCE YOU RECEIVE THE PACKAGES PLEASE CHANGE THE RATES AS THIS IS THE FIRST ISSUE THAT I HAD IN 2 YEARS WITH YOU GUYS.

      • Do you think is safe to order from Colucci? Imagine that the Feds wrote this message.
        He doesn’t answer my messages and other members.
        I don’t trust colucci anymore!!!!

  17. colucci ships from portugal, not poland

  18. Is he answering you fellas massages?
    He isnot answering my.

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