Counterfeit money circulating in county
Published 8:00 am Friday, October 14, 2022
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the use of counterfeit money within the county.
According to investigators, a $100 bill was used to purchase items at a Dollar General Store in the county last week.
Investigators say that the fake bill was noticed when store employees took it to the bank to deposit.
Anyone who receives a counterfeit bill is urged to contact the sheriff’s office at (434) 542-5141.
HOW TO SPOT A COUNTERFEIT BILL
One of the first things to check to see if a bill is authentic is if the bill denomination on the bottom right-hand corner has color-shifting ink.
Going back to 1996, all bills of $5 or more have this security feature. If you hold a new series bill (except for the new $5 bill) and tilt it back and forth, you can see that the numeral in the lower right-hand corner shifts from green to black or from gold to green.
The watermark is a characteristic security feature of authentic banknotes.
Here are some things to keep in mind when looking at a bill’s watermark:
• The watermark should only be visible when you hold the bill up to the light.
• The watermark should be on the right side of the bill.
• If the watermark is a face, it should exactly match the face on the bill. Sometimes counterfeits bleach lower bills and reprint them with higher values, in which case the face wouldn’t match the watermark.
• If there is no watermark or the watermark is visible without being held up to the light, the bill is most likely a counterfeit.
Other ways to tell if a bill may be counterfeit include the feel of the paper, raised printing, and blurred lines and wording.