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Counterfeit Bills Found In Amador

Counterfeit Bills Found In Amador 

On the heels of recent counterfeit activity in Calaveras County, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office is warning local merchants and residents that a number of bogus bills have been popping up in Amador County too. American River Bank reportedly took in 5 counterfeit bills in 5 days. And over the past few days, a number of local stores have also reported taking bogus bills. In each of these cases, these were bleached bills and the pens do not work. Bleached bills are a form of counterfeit money made from legitimate U.S. currency, usually in denominations of $1 or $5 bills. The bills are bleached with household chemicals to remove the ink and then reprinted as a larger denomination of either $50 or $100 bills. This fake money passes hands easily because the testing markers don’t always pick up on the fakes due to authentic paper. Newer bills are harder to counterfeit because they contain a number of features. For example with a $100 bill, hold the note to light and look for a faint image of Benjamin Fanklin in the blank space to the right of the portrait. The image is visible from both sides of the note. Tilt the note to see the numeral 100 in the lower right corner of the front of the note shift from green to black. If you get one of these bogus bills you should call your local law enforcement agency as soon as possible.

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