CARBONDALE - Police received several reports of counterfeit currency. The fake money looks like the one hundred dollar bill with red Chinese writing to the left of Benjamin Franklin’s image.
Carbondale Police is encourages business owners to instruct employees who handle money on the numerous means of detecting counterfeit bills. Here are suggestions from:
• Employees should be aware of the presidential watermarks and security strips present in legitimate $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 cash bills. Those two features should be easily viewable when the bills are held up to a light source.
• Employees should also be familiar with the texture of legitimate cash bills. Their unique composition of cotton and linen distinguishes them from counterfeit bills, which most commonly feel like standard printing paper.
• Counterfeit bills will often exhibit uneven edges and border lines, as well as text and graphics that are not as sharp as those on legitimate bills. Counterfeit bills can also be smaller in overall size.
• Recurring serial numbers are common when counterfeit bills are presented during the same transaction. There is only one serial number issued for each legitimate bill.
• Counterfeit bills may display “For Motion Picture Use Only”
• Counterfeit bill detector pens, available in most office supply stores, are an effective tool for immediately identifying suspected forged bills. However, the pens will only tell if the currency paper is genuine. The pens are not effective in cases where genuine currency is altered to reflect a higher denomination. In these instances, a secondary check for the security strips, watermark or micro-printing should be conducted.
Anyone who comes across a suspected counterfeit bill should contact the Department’s non-emergency line at 618-457-3200. Attempt to keep the person who presented the bill inside the business until police arrive. Officers will need to interview the person to determine a possible origin of the bill.
Because counterfeit money is widely circulated, a person’s possession of a counterfeit bill does not automatically suggest they knowingly committed forgery. If the person leaves, attempt to gather as much identifying information as possible, including their clothing description and vehicle information.