Police: Be alert for counterfeit $100 billsCounterfeit $100 bills have been received around the Eau Claire area.
Counterfeit $100 bills have been received around the Eau Claire area. It appears that the counterfeit bills could be making their way around the state, according to a Crime Alert from the Eau Claire Police Department that was posted on the Superior Police Department Facebook site.
The bills test positive on the pen test. The bills show a watermark that looks like Ben Franklin, however the portrait looks somewhat like a “cartoon character” and is not as defined or crisp as a genuine bill. You will also see what looks like a security thread with the proper notation for a $100 bill the thread will read “USA100.” The bills have what looks like embedded fibers and has micro-printing in the right areas, but again the micro-printing is not as defined and crisp as real bills; and what looks like the embedded security thread may also just be printed on the bill.
In the lower right corner of the bills is an area where color shifting ink should be present. The denomination appears to be printed using the intaglio printing process, so when you run a finger over the lower right denomination area, the printing will feel “raised.” Obviously these bill are made using very sophisticated methods which are not possible with conventionally available home computer printers.
The easiest way to make sure these or any other bills are genuine or not is to look for the color shifting ink.
On a genuine $100 bill the color shifting ink should turn from green to black.
On a genuine $50 and $20 bill the color shifting should turn from copper to green.
On a genuine $10 bill the color shifting should turn from green to black.
These bills are showing up all over the country and are being shipped here as part of a “re-shipper scheme.” If you have someone try to pass one of these bills hold onto the bill and call 911 immediately.