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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2007

Police get reports of counterfeit $100 bills in area

By Seth Burkett · 340-2355

Decatur police said they’ve been receiving reports of counterfeit $100 bills in recent weeks, prompting them to offer tips for residents and merchants on how to spot funny money.

Detective Herb Lundy, a financial crime investigator, said the phony bills copy the design of cash minted from 1996 to now.

Security features on the new style bills include:

  • A watermark of Benjamin Franklin on the right of the bill.

  • Optically variable ink that changes from green to black when viewed at different angles.

  • A high-quality portrait of Franklin, with fine line printing around the portrait and Independence Hall.

  • Red and blue silk fibers interwoven throughout the bill.

  • Microprinting.

  • A plastic security thread to the left of Franklin’s portrait.

    Lundy said the easiest way to check a bill’s authenticity is to hold it up to the light. The security thread should read “USA 100,” and the watermark should match Franklin’s portrait.

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