JACKSON CO, MI. (WLNS) – Officials in the Jackson area are on the lookout for counterfeit bills.
According to an official report from the Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety, a couple of fake $100 notes were passed at a Leoni Township auto parts store on Friday.
This comes not long after some fake $100 bills created as movie props were passed as real currency in the Lansing area.
If you suspect someone is trying to give you a counterfeit bill the Secret Service suggests some steps you can take:
- Hold a bill up to a light and look for a holograph of the face image on the bill. Both images should match. If the $100 bill has been bleached, the hologram will display an image of Abraham Lincoln, who appears on the $5 bills, instead of Benjamin Franklin.
- Looking at the bill through a light will also reveal a thin vertical strip containing text that spells out the bill’s denomination.
- Color-shifting ink: If you hold the new series bill (except the $5 note) and tilt it back and forth, see the numeral in the lower right hand corner as its color shifts from green to black and back.
- Watermark: Hold the bill up to a light to view the watermark in an unprinted space to the right of the portrait. The watermark can be seen from both sides of the bill since it is not printed on the bill but is imbedded in the paper.
- Security Thread: Hold the bill to a light to view the security thread. You will see a thin imbedded strip running from top to bottom on the face of the bill. In the $10 and $50 the security strip is located to the right of the portrait, and in the $5, $20 and $100, it is located just to the left of the portrait.
If you believe you have received a counterfeit bill, the U.S. Treasury advises you to do the following:
- Do not put yourself in danger.
- Do not return the bill to the passer.
- Delay the passer with some excuse, if possible.
- Observe the passer’s description – and their companions’ descriptions – and write down their vehicle license plate numbers if you can.
- Contact your local police department or call your local Secret Service office.
- Write your initials and date in the white border area of the suspected counterfeit note.