RCSD Safety Tip Reminders: Protecting your wallet from counterfeit money

Counterfeit money is one of the oldest crimes in America. Citizens have an active role in maintaining the integrity of the U.S. currency. It is the role of all citizens to check their cash when it is given to them, as well as report when counterfeit money is being distributed. All citizens want to make sure they are able to use the money they are given. Be aware, don’t become a victim of counterfeit money.
 Ink on a genuine dollar bill will be raised. Ink on a counterfeit bill will be

flat. On a genuine bill, you should be able to rub your hands on the bill and feel the ink.
 A genuine bill will have many details in a facial feature. A fake bill will

have features that are very vague: i.e.: eye features, cheek features, mustache features.
 On a genuine bill, the Federal Reserve and Treasury Seals are very

distinct and have sharp lines. On a fake bill, the lines may be uneven and very light.
 The border of a genuine bill will have clear and unbroken lines. A fake bill

will have blurred and broken lines.
 Serial numbers on a genuine bill are printed with the same ink as the

Treasury seal. The numbers are also very distinct and evenly spaced. On a fake bill, the numbers may be uneven and a different color from the Treasury seal.
 A genuine bill is printed on paper that contains small blue and red fibers

imbedded in the paper. A fake bill will have simulated blue and red lines that are printed on the paper, not imbedded.
 Genuine bills will have a watermark that can be seen when held up to the

light. On a fake bill you may not see a watermark or you will be able to see where it has been altered to show a higher denomination of money.
 There are still some older bills circulating that do not have the newer

markings. These older bills are still accepted. If you do not feel comfortable about having the older currency, you can refuse the bills and ask for newer ones, or you can take the money to your local bank and have it exchanged.

How to Report Counterfeit Money
 Check all of the cash before leaving the location.  Do not accept cash from just anyone. If you do not feel easy about

accepting cash, ask for a money order.
 If you have identified counterfeit money, turn the money over to law

enforcement as soon as possible.
 Once the money is in police possession, a report will be filed and the

money will be handed over to the secret service.
 Money will not be reimbursed, so it is important that you check your

money and be able to identify when a bill is counterfeit.

What should businesses do to avoid counterfeit money transactions?
 Properly train employees on how to spot, feel, and visually inspect money.  Offer a black light system or pen system in which the employees can

check the money.
 Implement a policy and procedure for employees to follow on how to

report counterfeit money.
 Offer training to keep employees up to date on the latest counterfeiting

trends.
 Work with the Sheriff’s Department on prevention and reaction to

counterfeiting.