A local businessman told me today he's been seeing counterfeit $20 bills come in to the area, supposedly originating from convenience stores in Detroit. Other than buying a special pen, I wonder if there's a way for the average Jane to recognize a fake bill on the spot :(
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They make fakes that fool the pens, have fake watermarks, but the color shifting ink (green to gold) it your best test
There's the metallic strip on the let side you could check. Been a while but think it even says what denomination the bill should be.
If they have a picture of Obama or Bush you can bet they are fake.
I very, very rarely use cash. Today I gave upso a stanky old $10 bill that was in my desk for emergencies. I think I'll stick with my plastic.
Better give me all your $20s and $50 just in case. Better safe than sorry.
I examined my twenties once. I came to the conclusion that I made most of my bad decisions in my twenties. I stayed up much too late and hung around with the wrong people. Although I did somehow make it out of college late in the decade.
Some say my fifties are starting to resemble my poor choices in my twenties
Look at the strip inside. That, and the feel of the paper are the two hardest things to counterfeit.
The paper feel is because it's not paper, it cotton. The strip is hard because it's woven in.
One of the most sophisiticated counterfeits was a ring in Vegas who took 5 dollars (which have a strip inside it that says $5, and they removed the ink and reprented it as $50's. With 50's people were less suspicious as they were $100s, the paper felt like money because it was the same cotton blend. The only way to tell was if you held it up to the light to see the strip and noticed it said $5 instead of $50. If fooled a lot of casinos and clubs in the Vegas area.