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Counterfeit

Describing anything fake. In the context of finance, the term is usually used to describe money minted or printed by any person or institution not duly authorized to do so. While counterfeit money is not legal tender, its proliferation may debase the value of money if it is not readily identifiable as fake.
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automobile, defense and aerospace companies, and industrial equipment manufacturers) where out of production critical components or spare parts are highly susceptible to being counterfeited.
Along with the cash and weapons found in raids on organized crime strongholds, counterfeited computer software has been recovered from time to time [13].
In one case, Joseph Nuzzo, a former crew chief at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, led a credit card mail theft ring consisting of 10 airline baggage handlers and 25 other subjects who routinely invaded passenger luggage in search of bank cards and identification that could be easily counterfeited.
In one security test, for example, Bauder reported that he counterfeited an allegedly hard-to-copy hologram in his garage.
When a product is counterfeited, buyers may unknowingly blame the legitimate producer for a shoddy or unsafe good.
What type of drugs are counterfeited - lifestyle versus lifesaving?
Nutritional supplements, foods and beverages are unfortunately counterfeited all of the time.