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Catching a Counterfeiter – The Other Side

This week I am wrapping up my Secret Service series with a look at the other side, counterfeiting in the late 1800’s. While there is a lot more information to share, I just broke the counterfeiting scheme down to five basic steps with tidbits of extra information.  Enjoy, and don’t get into too much trouble!… Continue reading Catching a Counterfeiter – The Other Side

History Facts · The Secret Service · Throwback Thursday

TBT: Secret Service Dictionary and Fun Facts

Just as any career has its own jargon, so did the counterfeiting world and the Secret Service. Below are a few of the most important terms to know.  Below that are a few fun facts about the Secret Service. Secret Service and Counterfeiting Dictionary Boodle – notes bought from a production firmBoodle carrier – a… Continue reading TBT: Secret Service Dictionary and Fun Facts

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TBT: To Catch a Counterfeiter – Pt 2 – The Informant

Infiltrating a tight-knit gang of highly suspicious counterfeiters is impossible… unless you have an “in”. Someone who can vouch for you.

Enter the informant.

Could you be a criminal informant? Check out pt. 2 of the “Catch a Counterfeiter” blog series.

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TBT: To Catch a Counterfeiter – Pt. 1 – the Challenges

The Secret Service started out as an organization to catch counterfeiters. How did they reduce counterfeiting from the most prominent criminal activity in the United States prior to the Civil War to a spattering of successful occurrences by 1900? Check out my new series, “To Catch a Counterfeiter” and find out if you have what it took to bring a criminal ring down.

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TBT: Merry Christmas – The History of the Nativity Scene

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love the focus on kindness, charity, and family togetherness. The decorations are calming and enjoyable to me. In fact, I spend three days decorating my entire upstairs and downstairs and then three months enjoying it. Yes, my Christmas decorations do not come down before February. 🙂… Continue reading TBT: Merry Christmas – The History of the Nativity Scene

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TBT: Secret Service Operatives – the Early Days

  The Secret Service history dates back to the Civil War when they were informally created to detect, investigate, and arrest counterfeiters. The early days were fraught with detectives who had less than ethical standards and tactics that disregarded the rights of a citizen. In less than ten years after its establishment, a reformation was… Continue reading TBT: Secret Service Operatives – the Early Days