Counterfeiting has been on my mind recently. Partly because I went to a fascinating session on checking document integrity, and partly because I heard a very scary podcast about counterfeit drugs.
The take-home message about drugs is really: Don’t buy them online, ever.
You might be getting antibiotics instead of hay-fever drugs, or you might even get pills with no drugs in them at all. What they might have in them instead is a lot of impurities from an unclean factory and potentially chemicals you don’t want in your body.
This is a lucrative industry. Possibly its worst side effect being a contribution to the increase in antibiotic resistance, because they don’t even put in enough antibiotic to kill anything.
Now drugs have been counterfeited for as long as there have been lotions and potions to counterfeit but then so have documents.
The sheer range of ways that counterfeiters can try to replicate the very fancy security features in high security documents is mind blowing. Though, the irony is that it’s much easier to just find someone who looks a lot like the person in, say, a stolen passport than it is to take on the security features.
It always makes me wonder what these people could achieve in the world if they worked for good and not evil, as the saying goes.