Holiday Shopping Increases Counterfeit Bills

1 decade 2 years 10 months ago Thursday, November 17 2005 Nov 17, 2005 Thursday, November 17, 2005 6:41:41 AM CST November 17, 2005 in News

The police are used to identifying counterfeit bills, but Christmas shoppers aren't so trained.

"I don't know. I mean, I know there are certain little things about the money that has things that you check, the little strip on the side," shopper Samantha Spencer said.

Captain Mike Smith wants people to learn the different ways to identify fake bills. He says first you can feel the difference in the texture of the paper, but you should also compare the portrait, the Treasury Seals, the border or the Serial Number. He says employees who handle money should always test the bills paper with a special pen, especially $20 bills.

Counterfeiters fake $20 bills the most. They can even fake them on their own computer.

"It has become very sophisticated now. Everybody can make a very close facsimile on their own computer," Captain Smith said.

The law says if you find you have a counterfeit bill, you have to take it to the police, but you won't get paid back for it.

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