How to Watch Out for Counterfeit Money

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- The Secret Service says counterfeiting money is one of the oldest crimes in history.

Local bank tellers and store mangers are trained in detecting when money is real or fake, but now you can be too.

The Vice President at Equitable Bank in North Platte says many new features have been added to make counterfeiting more difficult.

For example: There are lines, holograms and even certain textures to watch out for.

“Each bill no matter the denomination has a texture to the president’s coat that is on there so you can feel that,” said Kim Steger, Vice President at Equitable Bank in North Platte.

Steger says you can also pay attention to the serial numbers. Fake bills may have serial numbers that are not evenly spaced or that are not perfectly aligned in a row.

The United State Secret Service says on a genuine bill, the saw-tooth points of the Federal Reserve and Treasury seals are clear, distinct, and sharp. The counterfeit seals may have uneven, blunt, or broken saw-tooth points.

If you look really close, you will also notice genuine bills have tiny red and blue fibers embedded throughout.

Steger says counterfeit cases in North Platte are low, but it’s always a good idea to know the real thing from a fake.