City PD warns of counterfeit $100 bills being passed in the area
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The Batavia Police Department is currently investigating the passing of counterfeit $100 bills throughout the area.
The department recommends that anyone receiving a $100 bill use extra caution to check its authenticity.
At left is a copy of the bill which has been circulating.
If you feel that you may be victim in receiving counterfeit bills, please report it to the Police Department at (585) 345-6350.
A few simple items to check for on U.S. Currency that are hard to recreate on counterfeit bills:
- Color Shifting Ink -- the bill denomination on the bottom right hand corner has the right color shifting ink.
- Raised Printing -- To detect raised printing, take your fingernail and run it carefully down the collar/jacket. You should feel some vibration on your nail from the ridges.
- Blurry Borders/printing/text -- significantly blurry borders, printing, or text, it is an automatic red flag. Red & Blue Threads -- If you take a close look at an authentic bill, you will see that there are small red and blue threads woven in and out within the fabric of the bill.
- Watermark -- In many of the new bills, the watermark is actually a replica of the face on the bill.
Information on the current counterfeit cases is not being release at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
If anyone receives a counterfeit or suspected counterfeit bill, or has information in reference to the case please contact the Batavia Police Department at (585) 345-6350, the confidential tip line at (585) 345-6370 or online.