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Chadron Police: Incident Highlights Vigilance Required During Cash Transactions

Chadron Police: Incident Highlights Vigilance Required During Cash Transactions
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The Chadron Police Department is reminding business owners, their staff and the public to be careful when dealing with cash transactions and ensure the money exchanging hands is real.

In a news release, Lt. Rick Hickstein says the Department received a call from a local business Monday morning that someone attempted to pass a fake but realistic-looking Fifty Dollar bill to purchase goods, but the business did an excellent job of not accepting it.

Hickstein says the bill seized had some significant flaws, did not have the normal security features of U.S. currency, and notably contained the words “For Motion Picture Purposes” on the top right side.

He says anyone receiving cash that appears suspicious, or who had questions on the subject,  can always reach out to the Chadron Police Department and or your local law enforcement.

  • Tips on how to detect counterfeit US Money;
    Feel the texture of the paper, which is typically a lower quality paper
  • Compare the bill with another of the same denomination and series and look for differences
  • Look carefully at the printing quality or the lack of detail (dull, flat and blurry areas) on a fake bill
  • Look for colored fibers in the paper. All U.S. bills have tine red and blue fibers embedded in the paper
  • Examine the serial numbers, make sure they match and are evenly spaced and aligned
  • Look for security features in all denominations except the $1 and $2;
    o Security thread running from top to bottom
    o Hold the bill up to a light to check for watermark
    o Tilt the bill to check for color-shifting ink
    o Use a magnifying glass to examine the micro-printing
  • Use a counterfeit-detection pen
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