How to spot counterfeit money

Police in Wilbraham say counterfeit money was used to make at least two sales over the weekend.

Photo courtesy: Springfield Police Dept.
Photo courtesy: Springfield Police Dept.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Counterfeit money has been used here in Western Massachusetts recently, and it may not be as easy to spot as you think.

Police in Wilbraham say counterfeit money was used to make at least two sales over the weekend.

New $100 bills do have that blue line, but now even some counterfeiters have duplicated it.

“It used to be we’d see it once in a while, but now periodically we see it constantly, all the time. What’s going on now that there’s digital printers out there that make it easy for counterfeiters. If you want to make a counterfeit bill with digital printing, it’s a lot easier, and sometimes with the paper that’s available it will fool some people when they’re coming in,” said Sgt. John Delaney of the Springfield.

Generally, counterfeit money is made to look like a $20, $50, or $100 bill, but occasionally there are fake smaller bills, and those can be even harder to spot when they are counterfeit.

There are somethings you can do to spot a fake:

    • There are special pens that will only show a black line on the money when it’s fake.
    • For even more accuracy use a UV light which will a show a colored line you can’t see just looking at the bill.
    • A standard $20 bill will have a texture to it.
    • Also check the serial number, if the numbers are the exact same for two of the bills handed to you that’s an easy way to know they’re fake.

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