Redding businesses hit with counterfeit bills

Sep 19, 2014 4:47 PM by News Staff

Redding police say reports of counterfeit bills are up recently, especially counterfeit $100 bills.

Counterfeit bills of all denominations are circulating in Redding, but according to a news release from the police department, area businesses should diligently examine money when it is received, especially larger denominations.

Police say most counterfeit bills when examined closely are clearly identifiable as counterfeit just by the poor quality of printing. Another easy way to detect a counterfeit bill is the use of a Counterfeit Detector Pen which is commonly available at most office supply stores.

The U.S. Secret Service has provided the following tips to assist people in identifying counterfeit bills:


The genuine portrait appears lifelike and stands out distinctly from the background. The counterfeit portrait is usually lifeless and flat. Details merge into the background which is often too dark or mottled.

Federal Reserve and Treasury Seals

On a genuine bill, the saw-tooth points of the Federal Reserve and Treasury seals are clear, distinct, and sharp. The counterfeit seals may have uneven, blunt, or broken saw-tooth points.


The fine lines in the border of a genuine bill are clear and unbroken. On the counterfeit, the lines in the outer margin and scrollwork may be blurred and indistinct.

Serial Numbers

Genuine serial numbers have a distinctive style and are evenly spaced. The serial numbers are printed in the same ink color as the Treasury Seal. On a counterfeit, the serial numbers may differ in color or shade of ink from the Treasury seal. The numbers may not be uniformly spaced or aligned.


Genuine currency paper has tiny red and blue fibers embedded throughout. Often counterfeiters try to simulate these fibers by printing tiny red and blue lines on their paper. Close inspection reveals, however, that on the counterfeit note the lines are printed on the surface, not embedded in the paper. It is illegal to reproduce the distinctive paper used in the manufacturing of United States currency.

If you come across a counterfeit bill contact the Redding Police Department.


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