How Does Money Laundering Work?

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Evil WeekWelcome to Evil Week, our annual chance to delve into all the slightly sketchy hacks we’d usually refrain from recommending. Want to weasel your way into free drinks, play elaborate mind games, or, er, launder some money? We’ve got all the info you need to successfully be unsavory.  

You’re likely familiar with money laundering as a concept from your favorite TV show or the news. Whether it’s Walter White legitimizing meth money via a carwash or Al Capone using literal laundromats to clean his cash (that’s where the term reportedly originated, in fact), it’s the stuff of pop culture and criminal legends.

But it turns out it’s not an activity restricted to gangs or white collar criminals. It’s a lot more common than that.