FUNNY MONEY MAKING THE ROUNDS

Some coun­ter­feit bills have been show­ing up in area banks and busi­nesses recently.

Defi­ance Police have inves­ti­gated mul­ti­ple reports of coun­ter­feit $20 bills. Busi­nesses in Pauld­ing County were also alerted recently of cir­cu­lat­ing coun­ter­feit bills after sev­eral busi­ness, par­tic­u­larly gas sta­tions, reported them.

Mid­west Com­mu­nity Fed­eral Credit Union has reported three coun­ter­feit bill inci­dents just since mid-August.

Police say that sus­pected bills are sent to the U.S. Secret Ser­vice, either by the police depart­ment or the finan­cial insti­tu­tion, to deter­mine their valid­ity. If the money is found to be coun­ter­feit it remains with the Secret Ser­vice, oth­er­wise it is returned.

They say iden­ti­fy­ing coun­ter­feit bills often depends on the series of the bill and its secu­rity fea­tures, but com­mon ways are to look for water marks and the bill’s secu­rity strip as well as the qual­ity of the paper.

Police also say that those coun­ter­feit marker pens aren’t always reli­able. They only check the paper qual­ity, and some coun­ter­feit­ers use a type of spray that reacts with the marker pen, mak­ing it appear to be legit­i­mate. At the same time, some­thing could get on a legit­i­mate bill which would make the pen show it as fake.

Check Also

At This Hour

Another person has died after that crash in Steuben County last week, on S.R. 120 …