Genuine paper currency is sometimes altered in an attempt to increase its
face value. One common method is to glue numerals from higher denomination
notes to the corners of lower denomination notes.
These bills are also considered counterfeit, and those who produce them are
subject to the same penalties as other counterfeiters. If you suspect you are
in possession of a raised note:
Compare the denomination numerals on each corner with the denomination
written out at the bottom of the note (front and back) and through the
Compare the suspect note to a genuine note of the same denomination and
series year, paying particular attention to the portrait, vignette and
If You Receive a Counterfeit
Do not return it to the passer.
Delay the passer if possible, without causing harm to yourself.
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
States Secret Service field office. These numbers can be found on
the inside front page of your local telephone directory. (US Secret Service:
Write your initials and the date in the white border areas of the
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.