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NCSO Warns Against Counterfeit Bills

Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper is warning residents, business owners and employees to be on the lookout for counterfeit currency being circulated recently in Nassau County. Since August 29, 2013, the NCSO has received 4 reports of counterfeit bills in $20 and $50 denominations that are being passed as payments to local businesses.

Some of the suspects caught on store video cameras were black males and were last seen driving a silver Grand Am style vehicle and a green Dodge truck.

Nassau Deputies are encouraging citizens to closely examine currency by looking carefully at the money you receive. Citizens should be aware of the security features located on currency and check the serial numbers if multiple bills are received at once.

The three main security features located on bills are:

  • Shifting inks on the dollar amount located on the face side in the bottom right corner.
  • Security threads, which display the denomination of the currency imbedded in the bill.
  • The watermark located on the face of the bill on the right side.

“These bills look very genuine at first glance and will pass the “pen test” vendors often use. This is because the bill is printed on a $1 bill” Sheriff Leeper said.  “It is common for those involved in these crimes to bleach the $1 bill and then print larger denominations onto the now-blank bill.”

In addition, the Sheriff’s Office is offering these tips to detect suspicious or counterfeit currency:
The genuine portrait appears lifelike and stands out distinctly from the background. The counterfeit portrait is usually lifeless and flat. Details merge into the background, which is often too dark or mottled.

On a genuine bill, the saw-tooth points of the Federal Reserve and Treasury seals are clear, distinct and sharp. The counterfeit seals may have uneven, blunt or broken saw-tooth points.

Genuine serial numbers have a distinctive style and are evenly spaced. The serial numbers are printed in the same ink color as the Treasury Seal. On a counterfeit, the serial numbers may differ in color or shade of ink from the Treasury seal. The numbers may not be uniformly spaced or aligned.

Deputies are asking that residents and businesses if you locate suspicious currency to please report the incident to police.

For further information on detecting counterfeit U. S. currency, citizens are encouraged to visit the United States Secret Service Web site at: http://www.secretservice.gov/know_your_money.shtml.

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Some additional features to look for:

Portrait

The genuine portrait appears lifelike and stands out distinctly from the background. The counterfeit portrait is usually lifeless and flat. Details merge into the background which is often too dark or mottled.

Federal Reserve and Treasury Seals

On a genuine bill, the saw-tooth points of the Federal Reserve and Treasury seals are clear, distinct, and sharp. The counterfeit seals may have uneven, blunt, or broken saw-tooth points.

Border

The fine lines in the border of a genuine bill are clear and unbroken. On the counterfeit, the lines in the outer margin and scrollwork may be blurred and indistinct.

Serial Numbers

Genuine serial numbers have a distinctive style and are evenly spaced. The serial numbers are printed in the same ink color as the Treasury Seal. On a counterfeit, the serial numbers may differ in color or shade of ink from the Treasury seal. The numbers may not be uniformly spaced or aligned.

Paper

Genuine currency paper has tiny red and blue fibers embedded throughout. Often counterfeiters try to simulate these fibers by printing tiny red and blue lines on their paper. Close inspection reveals, however, that on the counterfeit note the lines are printed on the surface, not embedded in the paper. It is illegal to reproduce the distinctive paper used in the manufacturing of United States currency.

 

If you discover you have the fake money, turn it over to the sheriff’s office.  Do not to pass it along to someone else.  “It’s important because if you know that you have something fake and you pass it off, it’s a felony,” said Leeper.

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