TELLICO PLAINS, Tenn. (WATE) – The Tellico Plains Police Department is warning citizens and businesses about counterfeit bills distributed in the area.
Police said the bill have Asian lettering in red ink written on them. Investigators said the counterfeit bills were passed to businesses within the city limits of Tellico Plains as well as surrounding areas.
They are urging people to check money and if they receive a bill to contact the Tellico Plains Police Department at (423) 253-2030 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday or call Monroe County dispatch after hours at (423) 442-4357.
In December 2016, the LaFollette Police Department issued a similar warning about counterfeit $100 bills with Chinese writing on them. The bills are used to teach foreign bank workers. Many of the symbols translate to “not to be used as real currency” and “bill too be used for counting practice.”
The Secret Service and the U.S. Treasury offers the below methods to detect counterfeit bills:
- Hold a bill up to a light and look for a holograph of the face image on the bill. Both images should match. If the $100 bill has been bleached, the hologram will display an image of Abraham Lincoln, who appears on the $5 bills, instead of Benjamin Franklin.
- Looking at the bill through a light will also reveal a thin vertical strip containing text that spells out the bill’s denomination.
- Color-shifting ink: If you hold the new series bill (except the $5 note) and tilt it back and forth, please observe the numeral in the lower right hand corner as its color shifts from green to black and back.
- Watermark: Hold the bill up to a light to view the watermark in an unprinted space to the right of the portrait. The watermark can be seen from both sides of the bill since it is not printed on the bill but is imbedded in the paper.
- Security Thread: Hold he bill a light to view the security thread. You will see a thin imbedded strip running from top to bottom on the face of a banknote. In the $10 and $50 the security strip is located to the right of the portrait, and in the $5, $20 and $100, it is located just to the left of the portrait.
- Ultraviolet Glow: If the bill is held up to an ultraviolet light, the $5 bill glows blue; the $10 bill glows orange, the $20 bill glows green, the $50 bill glows yellow, and the $100 bill glows red – if they are authentic!
- Microprinting: There are minute microprinting on the security threads: the $5 bill has “USA FIVE” written on the thread; the $10 bill has “USA TEN” written on the thread; the $20 bill has “USA TWENTY” written on the thread; the $50 bill has “USA 50” written on the thread; and the $100 bill has the words “USA 100” written on the security thread. Microprinting can be found around the portrait as well as on the security threads.
- Fine Line Printing Patterns: Very fine lines have been added behind the portrait and on the reverse side scene to make it harder to reproduce.
- Comparison: Compare the feel and texture of the paper with other bills you know are authentic.