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    Bloomfield State Bank
    Currency Education: Detect Counterfeit
    - U.S. Government to Unveil New $100 Note on April 21.  Read the Media Advisory
    - Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    - New Money Website
    - U.S. Secret Service
    Currency Education | Learn about Raised Notes | Counterfeit Note Report
     
    How To Detect Counterfeit Money

    The public has a role in maintaining the integrity of U.S. currency. You can help guard against the threat from counterfeiters by becoming more familiar with United States currency.

    Look at the money you receive. Compare a suspect note with a genuine note of the same denomination and series, paying attention to the quality of printing and paper characteristics. Look for differences, not similarities.


    Counterfeit Genuine

    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.


    Counterfeit Genuine

    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.


    Counterfeit Genuine

    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.


    Counterfeit Genuine

    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.


    Counterfeit Genuine

    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 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 United States Secret Service field office. These numbers can be found on the inside front page of your local telephone directory. (US Secret Service: Indianapolis 317-226-6444)
    • 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
     
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