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Tips for Checking Counterfeit Money


The manufacture of counterfeit, or fake, currency is not a new phenomenon. In fact, it has been a problem in the United States since before the Civil War. Although such activity decreased with the establishment of the Secret Service, the act of counterfeiting has never gone away entirely. Today criminals have better, more advanced technology to create believable counterfeit currency ranging from coins to paper money. To combat this the government continues to create and add better safety features to U.S. dollars to challenge and potentially put a stop to counterfeiting altogether. It is not, however, entirely the government's fight alone. In order to win the battle against counterfeit currency, it takes the effort of every consumer. People should be able to recognize fake currency and know how to report it. There are many ways in which people try to pass off fake currency as the real thing and consumers must know what they are so that they can recognize them. Raised notes, for example, are one type of counterfeiting. This is a very simplistic form of counterfeiting that can go unnoticed when people do not pay close attention to the money that they are handling. A raised note is one in which a potential thief glues or otherwise changes the denomination of an existing low denomination bill to one that has a higher value. Once a person learns how to recognize counterfeit money such as raised notes, he or she should then report it to the local authorities or contact the Secret Service.

Paper Appearance and Feel

Seals and Serial Numbers

Bill Borders

Portrait Appearance

Raised Notes