VSC6000 plays vital role in INTERPOL crackdown on South American criminal counterfeiting networks.

Identify counterfeit books

Large numbers of counterfeit novels and text books uncovered by police in the Coquimbo region of Chile, are amongst the latest items to be seized as part of Operation Jupiter, a long-term operation by INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization (WCO), spanning 13 countries and targeting the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit products including sports clothes, sunglasses, mobile phones, car parts and computer software.

Equipped with a VSC6000/HS, Chilean questioned document examiners were able to identify the counterfeit books by detecting errors and inconsistencies in the printing process as well as differences in paper type and quality of binding.

A contemporary issue, the rising cost of text books has contributed to an unprecedented increase in the number of counterfeit books flooding the market during the past 5-10 years. Many of the fake texts originate in the Far East where it has been estimated that more than half a billion counterfeit text books are printed every year.

Using a VSC system, most counterfeit books are easily detected using a combination of high magnification and software tools that allow the examiner to analyse and measure print characteristics. Better quality counterfeits can be identified under infrared examination of inks and paper type.