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Alert: Fake money reported

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Fake money could be making its way through eastern Iowa.

Iowa City police are warning residents and retailers that there have been U.S. bills passed around the community.

Police say they received reports of fake bills on poor quality paper, displaying words in different languages printed on the front and back in bright red or pink ink.

If you happen to see fake money like this, please call police.

The Iowa City Police Department listed a few ways to make sure the money is real: 

Feel the paper 

Move your finger across the note. It should feel slightly rough to the touch as a result of the printing process and the unique composition of the paper.

Tilt the note

Tilt the note to see the ink in the numbers on the lower right corner change color. On the current style of notes, the color should change from copper to green. Color-shifting ink appears on denominations $10 and higher. The current style $100 note includes two additional security features you can check by tilting the note: a color-shifting bell in the inkwell and a 3-D security ribbon. The 3-D security ribbon contains images of bells and100s that shift as you tilt the note.

Check with light

 Hold the note to light to check that the watermark and security thread are visible from the front and back of the note. The security thread is in a different location on each denomination $5 and higher. The watermarks on the $10, $20, $50, and $100 notes should match the portrait on the front of the note. The $5 note has numeral 5 watermarks.
If you believe you have received a counterfeit bill, the U.S. Treasury and the ICPD advise you to do the following:

  • Do not return the bill to the passer
  • Delay the passer with some excuse, if possible
  • Observe the passer’s description, and their companions’ descriptions
  • Write down their vehicle license plate numbers, if you can
  • Immediately contact the ICPD at 319-356-6800
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