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Police warn of fake bills

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Police are warning local businesses to closely watch the cash they take in. Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson said “about a half dozen” fake bills have been passed during the past couple of days. The bills are primarily $100s, but there have also been some $20s. “It seems actually like there are a couple of quality levels,” Wilson said of the funny money. So far, none of the bills have been found to be counterfeit at the time they were taken in from a cashier. “A lot of times it’s happening later on, like when a manager gets a drawer together or notices something funky,” he said. Wilson said his detectives were in the process of calling other police departments to see if any bills have been passed in other cities. “If it’s significant regionally, we’ll try to bring the Secret Service into it,” he said. According to experts, there are several ways to check if a bill is counterfeit. All of the new anti-counterfeit currency has security strips embedded in the paper to the left of the face on the bill. It’s visible if you hold the bill up to the light. Other new features include micro-writing, a watermark and very closely spaced lines that are more difficult for a counterfeiter to reproduce. There is also the counterfeit detector pen, a device many people have seen cashiers use when they were paying for items at the store. According to howstuffworks.com, the counterfeit detector pen is extremely simple. It contains an iodine solution that reacts with the starch in wood-based paper – which includes most printer paper – to create a black stain. When the solution is applied to the fiber-based paper used in real money, no discoloration occurs.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. 511gmasse@postindependent.com


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