Counterfeit bills are believed to be in circulation near Montevideo, according to the Montevideo Chamber of Commerce. In an email to Chamber members, Acting Director Tesa Siverhus-Maus encouraged local business owners to be on the lookout for counterfeit currency.
A few tips for identifying counterfeit currency:
- Feel the texture of the bill. People who handle money frequently can identify a fake bill instantly just by touching it. Genuine currency has slightly raised ink.
- Compare the bill with another of the same denomination and series. Hold the bill side by side with another bill.
- Look carefully at the printing quality. Real U.S. bills are printed using techniques that regular offset printing and digital printing cannot replicate.
- Look for colored fibers in the paper. All U.S. bills have tiny red and blue fibers embedded in the paper.
- Examine the serial numbers. Make sure that the serial numbers on a bill match, and look at them carefully. Fake bills may have serial numbers that are not evenly spaced or that are not perfectly aligned in a row.
If you are the recipient of a counterfeit or have questions about a suspicious bill, contact the Montevideo Police Department at 320-269-9402.