Recently the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of counterfeit currency and checks being floated around the community.
Some weeks ago a local business accepted a fifty dollar bill which was counterfeit and was marked and defaced in such a manner as to appear that it was simply worn out. There were also marks on the bill to simulate a marking pen which is used to detect counterfeits.
At the beginning of the week, someone used counterfeit travelers checks to re-load credit cards at a local business. The suspect apparently knew enough to load just enough on the cards so that the computer system would not detect and abort the fraudulent transaction.
This morning, this office received a report that a counterfeit one hundred dollar bill was presented at a local business. As with the fifty dollar bill previously reported, the printing and paper were of poor quality, and the bill was marked with several brown marks to simulate the counterfeit detecting marking pen.
With the advances in computer technology and digital printers in recent years, criminals are becoming more proficient in producing counterfeit documents of all kinds, and we, in Washington County, are not exempt from this kind of fraud.
The US Secret Service recommends that you look at the money you receive. Compare a suspected counterfeit note with a genuine note of the same denomination and series, paying attention to the quality of printing and paper characteristics. Look for differences, not similarities.
There are a number of security features on genuine currency. These include watermarks, color shifting inks, fine-line printing patterns which are visible to the human eye, but difficult for copiers to duplicate.
You may visit the US Secret Service on the web at http://www.secretservice.gov/know_your_money.shtml and the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing at http://www.moneyfactory.gov/anticounterfeiting/securityfeatures.html for additional details regarding security features and how to detect counterfeit currency.
As for checks (Cashiers, Travelers, personal, and otherwise), best way to deal with that is not to accept unless you know the person presenting, or require valid identification. Without the verification of identification, a criminal investigation into the fraudulent activity may not be successful.
Bottom line, do not accept questionable checks, currency, or other documents.
Citizens are welcome to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office with concerns or questions with regard to financial crimes or fraudulent activity.
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Sheriff Jon Stivers
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