Fake receipt printing service

FalseExpense will mail you an envelope full of fake receipts, suitable for submitting for reimbursement or deducting from your taxes, "FOR NOVELTY USE ONLY". Bruce Schneier notes, "I've heard of sites where you give them a range of dates and a city, and they give you a full set of receipts for a trip to that city: airfare, hotel, meals, everything -- but I can't find a website."
The process is simple:
You pay us a small fee- using your credit card
Email us the answers to a short questionnaire about the false receipt you want designed and printed (see below)
Within 24 hours, we will send you a draft scan by email of the fake store receipt.
You give us feedback/changes you may require
We print the fake register receipt with a real Point of Sale (POS) Thermal Printer and post 2 copies of the real receipt to your address.
You use them for whatever purpose you choose, we don't ask questions
fake receipts, free templates for store receipts, print fake receipts (via Schneier)


  1. This fits right into my theory: The best way to get rich, is to find something that isn’t illegal… yet.

  2. Umm, yes it DID work for bernie Madhoff! It WAS illegal, and he did get rich, and it DID work, very well, for many years.

    Yes he eventually got caught. But you can’t say that it didn’t work. It would be like saying that because my truck broke down yesterday that it did not work for the four years before.

  3. wonder if the backside of the thermal printpaper says ‘falseexpense.com’ … while it should be full of coupons or such :_

  4. Ha! This is the first time a link I’ve clicked from work has been blocked, under the category of “Criminal/Illegal Activity”.

    Nicely done, Surf Control.

  5. I’d love to see a close-up of these– particularly the Apple Store receipt, which even at a glance looks nothing like the actual Apple receipt that I have sitting here. (And it’s probably set in some monospaced font or in Arial, rather than in the proper Myriad…)

    Never underestimate the power of typography geekdom in exposing fraud. :-)

  6. I’d never want to give my credit card information to a service that’s so sketchy. If they’re okay with making fraudulent receipts, I don’t want to have to wonder what other unethical practices they might condone or engage in.

    I knew a few waitresses at one restaurant I worked in years ago that would give out of town businessmen extra receipts, receipts from the day before, receipts for higher amounts than than their real ticket, receipts for similar amounts that didn’t include alchohol, etc. While most of those girls were relatively harmless and just lending a hand to unscrupulous business people (especially in hopes of a little extra tipping), a few of those same girls were the ones that were willing to swipe their credit card for a little extra regardless or ring up a drink or two that went to another customer on the businessman’s tab. One of them, when she got caught by the restaurant even claimed that since the guy was already obviously trying to be kind of a crook that she didn’t feel too bad about scamming him a little. The people that use the fake receipt service open themselves up to those same kinds of people.

  7. I’m not actually sure these guys aren’t committing any crimes. Sure seems a lot like contributory fraud to me.

    Nobody should use that site. They don’t have an ironclad privacy policy. (Even if they did, do you trust the word of fraud-enablers? But without even that very basic promise of protection from blackmail, don’t go near with a 10-foot pole.)

  8. noticed the apple logo…

    i remember noticing that the apple stores use Star thermal printers

    those things are great! cost ~150 new and works with postscript / standard printing . when i used one for a project once, we had it working perfectly on our macs and linux boxes within minutes.

    i.e. if you wanted to do this yourself, you could for fairly cheap.

  9. Whizzinator anyone?

    That site is dead meat as soon as some prosecutor decides that taking it down would be a good resume bullet.

  10. Yeah, giving your real credit-card number to a site designed for fraud sure seems like a good idea.

    By the way, sticking a fork in an electrical socket is also a good idea, especially if you’re standing in water when you do it.

  11. Well it does say for novelty purposes only, so they aren’t doing anything illegal (except for maybe using another companies logo on the receipts – copyright?)

    And you’ll only be doing something illegal if you use them for anything other than the novelty they’re intended for.

  12. I love their list of what, quote, NOT to do with them which basically serves as a detailed suggestion list outlining exactly what people WILL do with them (with actual links to examples). Such as using them to represent Ebay sold fake jewelry as really coming from Tiffany’s.

    Hope they get busted soon, douchebags.

  13. A lot of retail stores use receipts that have ultraviolet text or logos (usually the store’s name) tiled in the background or a similar watermark to prevent exactly this sort of thing; the generic printer this service uses doesn’t replicate those security measures.

    Not to mention the fact that stores/restaurants will often include customized text (“Thank you for shopping here!” or “Voted #1 location in the state!!!”)

    If it’s used in a setting where it would be next to a real copy of someone else’s receipt, the fake would stand out instantly.

  14. Well it does say for novelty purposes only, so they aren’t doing anything illegal

    The site says “novelty purposes”. Their domain name (“falseexpense”), however, seems to tell a completely different story…

  15. A better service would collect actual abandoned receipts from major cities, sort, aggregate and sell them. Such records would survive more than a cursory audit.

  16. Hm, this might work to fool smaller stores but I remember that whenever I took my Macbook in for repairs, they checked the serial number of the computer itself, not the receipt. That told them exactly when it was bought and when the warranty ran out. So the Apple store receipt probably wouldn’t be any use for a scam…

    In any case, ugh. I like saving money, but fraud is just not the way to do it.

  17. Anyone who is even contemplating doing this has the scam gene. If you are one of them, give serious consideration to getting yourself fixed – A message from the ethical members of the species.

  18. it’s not a new thing at all

    “replacement receipts” for all sorts of services from taxi journeys to restaurant meals (but AFAIK nor for actual goods) were openly sold on ebay UK since the late 1990’s – although a quick check reveals that ebay must have banned that practise now.

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