Counterfeit bills found
Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 3:12 pm
The Messenger, December 6, 2011
Fulton police are urging caution with the recent discovery of three counterfeit $100 bills.
Fulton Police Chief Terry Powell said the bills were discovered at a local business and identifed as counterfeit at Heritage Bank in Fulton.
He said real U.S. currency has a number of security features that counterfeiters can’t reproduce, including color-shifting ink, embedded security strips, blue and red flecks in the currency’s grain and watermarks. Even people with training might not be able to detect these features with the naked eye.
Powell also cautioned that using counterfeit bills is a federal offense. The U.S. Secret Service maintains a website to help consumers identify problems with money at www.secretservice.gov/money_detect.shtml.