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7th Oct '17 2:42:53 AM DaNuke
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Another real-life approach is ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structuring structuring]]'' or ''[[TheSmurfs smurfing]]'': if all transactions above a certain limit ($10,000 in the United States) are reviewed by regulators as a matter of course, then a large illegal transaction may be split into several still-sort-of-large pieces that are each below the limit. To muddy the waters further, each piece may be transferred by different accomplices at different locations.

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Another real-life approach is ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structuring structuring]]'' or ''[[TheSmurfs smurfing]]'': if all transactions above a certain limit ($10,000 in the United States) States, [[http://www.diputados.gob.mx/LeyesBiblio/pdf/LFPIORPI.pdf a purpose-dependent multiple of the national minimum wage in Mexico usually somewhere between 100,000 and 600,000 pesos]]) are reviewed by regulators as a matter of course, then a large illegal transaction may be split into several still-sort-of-large pieces that are each below the limit. To muddy the waters further, each piece may be transferred by different accomplices at different locations.
7th Oct '17 2:40:27 AM DaNuke
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This might become TruthInTelevision in the future if electronic stores of value are ever implemented which would consist of individual, cryptographically signed, monetary tokens in the form of computer files. They would work in a similar fashion to electronic postage or coupon codes and if you had a large number of small denomination tokens, they would take time to transfer one by one.

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This might become TruthInTelevision in the future if electronic stores of value are ever implemented which would consist of individual, cryptographically signed, monetary tokens in the form of computer files. They would work in a similar fashion to electronic postage or coupon codes and if you had a large number of small denomination tokens, they would take time to transfer one by one. However, since cryptocurrencies are more or less exactly that and they let you literally transfer 50 duplillion dollars in a single block transfer, this is probably not going to be the case.
20th Sep '17 7:13:24 AM scooter
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\n* Justified in the film adaptation of ''Literature/IBoy'', as the funds transfer needs to be done in small pieces in order to not attract attention.

5th Sep '16 8:01:34 AM JamesAustin
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* That is pretty much the plot of ''Film/OfficeSpace'', too. Due to a misplaced decimal point, the program in that film accumulated over $300,000 in its first few days - far more than expected, and a large enough amount to be quickly noticed.
* And of course, in ''Office Space'' they point out that the same technique was used in ''Film/SupermanIII''.




** That is pretty much the plot of ''Film/OfficeSpace'', too. Due to a misplaced decimal point, the program in that film accumulated over $300,000 in its first few days - far more than expected, and a large enough amount to be quickly noticed.
*** And of course in ''Film/OfficeSpace'' they point out that the same technique was used in ''Film/SupermanIII''.
5th Sep '16 7:44:39 AM JamesAustin
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* ''Film/FairGame'', a 1995 movie starring model Cindy Crawford (and a yacht the villains needed to hack a undersea phone line) featured this, and worse, the transaction was aborted because everything exploded before the ExactProgressBar was finished.

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* ''Film/FairGame'', ''Film/FairGame1995'', a 1995 movie starring model Cindy Crawford (and a yacht the villains needed to hack a undersea phone line) featured this, and worse, the transaction was aborted because everything exploded before the ExactProgressBar was finished.
18th Feb '16 10:29:51 PM jormis29
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In reality, a form of fraud known as ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salami_slicing salami slicing]]'' or ''penny shaving'' exists. Often using rounding errors to steal substantial amounts of cash, often a cent at a time. Of course, the goal is to steal the cash ''so slowly'' that nobody notices. If you're going to steal a whole load of cash in the time frame of the following examples, then you may as well just steal it all in one transaction rather than slicing it up into tens of thousands of microtransactions. (Unless it's being directed at multiple accounts, though obviously it isn't feasible to have thousands of those.)

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In reality, a form of fraud known as ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salami_slicing salami slicing]]'' or ''penny shaving'' ''PennyShaving'' exists. Often using rounding errors to steal substantial amounts of cash, often a cent at a time. Of course, the goal is to steal the cash ''so slowly'' that nobody notices. If you're going to steal a whole load of cash in the time frame of the following examples, then you may as well just steal it all in one transaction rather than slicing it up into tens of thousands of microtransactions. (Unless it's being directed at multiple accounts, though obviously it isn't feasible to have thousands of those.)
1st Jan '16 4:53:03 AM erforce
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** That is pretty much the plot of ''OfficeSpace'', too. Due to a misplaced decimal point, the program in that film accumulated over $300,000 in its first few days - far more than expected, and a large enough amount to be quickly noticed.
*** And of course in ''OfficeSpace'' they point out that the same technique was used in ''{{Superman}} III''.

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** That is pretty much the plot of ''OfficeSpace'', ''Film/OfficeSpace'', too. Due to a misplaced decimal point, the program in that film accumulated over $300,000 in its first few days - far more than expected, and a large enough amount to be quickly noticed.
*** And of course in ''OfficeSpace'' ''Film/OfficeSpace'' they point out that the same technique was used in ''{{Superman}} III''.''Film/SupermanIII''.
8th May '15 10:56:56 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Fair Game'', a 1995 movie starring model Cindy Crawford (and a yacht the villains needed to hack a undersea phone line) featured this, and worse, the transaction was aborted because everything exploded before the ExactProgressBar was finished.
* The theft of the billions in ''{{Entrapment}}'' was shown on a progress bar. Granted, this ridiculously huge amount of money was probably stored on multiple accounts.

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* ''Fair Game'', ''Film/FairGame'', a 1995 movie starring model Cindy Crawford (and a yacht the villains needed to hack a undersea phone line) featured this, and worse, the transaction was aborted because everything exploded before the ExactProgressBar was finished.
* The theft of the billions in ''{{Entrapment}}'' ''Film/{{Entrapment}}'' was shown on a progress bar. Granted, this ridiculously huge amount of money was probably stored on multiple accounts.



* For a game that intentionally invokes HollywoodHacking and gleefully uses MagicalComputer tropes, ''{{Uplink}}'' surprisingly averts this.

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* For a game that intentionally invokes HollywoodHacking and gleefully uses MagicalComputer tropes, ''{{Uplink}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Uplink}}'' surprisingly averts this.



* On ''TheSimpsons'', Snake Jailbird stole the all the Simpsons money by ''downloads money on to a floppy disk'', employing this trope in an internet cafe.

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* On ''TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Snake Jailbird stole the all the Simpsons money by ''downloads money on to a floppy disk'', employing this trope in an internet cafe.
12th Jan '15 7:22:01 AM DrSlide
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** That is pretty much the plot of ''OfficeSpace'', too. Due to a rounding error, the program in that film accumulated over $300,000 in its first few days - far more than expected, and a large enough amount to be quickly noticed.

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** That is pretty much the plot of ''OfficeSpace'', too. Due to a rounding error, misplaced decimal point, the program in that film accumulated over $300,000 in its first few days - far more than expected, and a large enough amount to be quickly noticed.
12th Jan '15 7:19:04 AM DrSlide
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** That is pretty much the plot of ''OfficeSpace'', too. Due to a rounding error, the program in that film actually transfers a dime at a time, rather than a fraction of a cent... still a small transaction, but now large enough to be noticed.

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** That is pretty much the plot of ''OfficeSpace'', too. Due to a rounding error, the program in that film actually transfers a dime at a time, rather accumulated over $300,000 in its first few days - far more than expected, and a fraction of a cent... still a small transaction, but now large enough amount to be quickly noticed.
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