Police get reports of counterfeit $100 bills in area
By Seth Burkett
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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.
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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