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Perhaps the largest barrier to a stable, long-lasting democracy around the world is corruption. Be it politicians willing to take bribes at the expense of the people or cops who work harder to collect cash for themselves than they do to enforce the rule of law, corruption costs governments billions of dollars everywhere and slows progress to a crawl.

If you live in a part of the world where corruption is rampant, ZeroCurrency offers an interesting tool for activists. Simply select the country you live in and you’ll be given a high-resolution picture of a fake bill, inscribed with a value of zero. Print this out, and hand it to the next person who asks you for a bribe.

print fake bills

As you can see, the bills look quite realistic at first glance (even though in the case of the Canadian bill it’s a bit outdated.) There’s zero value currency here from almost every nation on earth, so if you’re a would-be activist who thinks this is an idea worth trying it doesn’t hurt to give it a shot.


  • Print worthless currency to give to officials requesting bribes.
  • Fake bills from hundreds of countries.
  • Provides information about every country, including its corruption perception index rating.

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  1. Rosie
    March 1, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I agree with Fekket - the sort of people that ask for bribes aren't going to be too happy with this little trick. I wouldn't dream of actually trying this.

  2. FekketCantenel
    February 14, 2010 at 10:13 am

    "Print this out, and hand it to the next person who asks you for a bribe."

    In African/etc. countries where it's actually rampant, I don't think the thugs demanding bribes are going to be amused by your cute printouts.