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‘Tis the season for counterfeiters and the Fort Wayne Police Department wants to remind both the retailers and citizens to be on the lookout for counterfeit currency. During the holiday season as many as 50% of shoppers will be using paper currency versus credit and/or debit cards.
Counterfeiters will try to take advantage of the large amounts of paper currency being passed and start circulating counterfeit notes. Inspect your paper currency to ensure that you are not being victimized.
Some recommended counterfeit detection tips for paper currency $5 notes and up:
1. Hold the note up to light source to better see security thread and watermark.
2. Place note under UV light. Security threads will glow a certain color on 1996 and later series notes depending on denomination:
3. Compare to a genuine note.
4. Check other notes passed for same serial numbers.
5. Check the feel of the note.
Most counterfeit notes made in the U.S. are produced by ink jet printers that will leave tiny colored dots that can be seen under a magnifying glass. Ink jet print will usually run when wet.
Don’t let long lines at the checkout counter pressure you or your business into becoming a victim of counterfeiting, take the time to detect before you accept.
KNOW YOUR MONEY http://www.secretservice.gov/money_detect.shtml
If You Receive a Counterfeit Do not return it to the passer.
Delay the passer if possible.
Observe the passer's description, as well as that of any companions, and the license plate numbers of any vehicles used.
Contact your local police department or United States Secret Service field office http://www.secretservice.gov/field_offices.shtml#i . These numbers can be found on the inside front page of your local telephone directory.
Write your initials and the date in the white border areas of the suspect note.
Limit the handling of the note. Carefully place it in a protective covering, such as an envelope.
Surrender the note or coin only to a properly identified police officer or a U.S. Secret Service special agent.
Counterfeit Note Report (self-executable form)
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