OMAHA(KPTM)-OMAHA(KPTM)- The new $100 bill was just released, with extra security features to prevent thieves from making copies. But would you know a fake bill if you saw one? One local business owner thought he would...until someone passed him counterfeit cash.
Larry Richling owns Hollywood Candy and often sells fake twenty dollar bills in the form of chocolate bars, so you'd think he'd know a fake. But recently he was hit with counterfeit cash.
"It's frustrating for us to get them in because it's a direct hit against us as a small business in that when a bill like that comes in, we can't get compensated on it. We can't take it to a bank and get twenty dollars, we can't take it to the government and get twenty dollars, it's just gone," said Richling.
Unfortunately...passing off fake cash isn't uncommon. The new hundred dollar bill, released on Tuesday, is designed to make it harder to copy."There's two places of color-shifting ink, there's a watermark, a security thread and there's a new blue security ribbon that has 3-D holographic images in them that actually move," said Omaha-based U.S. Secret Service Agent John Gutsmiedl.
So..how can you tell the difference? It depends on the denomination. But the one thing they have in common is a distinctive texture. If it doesn't feel right it's probably worth a closer look.
For newer twenties...there's color changing ink and hologram that should only be visible when held up to a light.
Gitsmiedl says a marking pen or ultraviolet light can also be a useful tool when it comes to confirming the real thing. Richling says he's lost about a hundred bucks by accepting counterfeit cash, but he's learned a valuable lesson- to keep an eye out for funny money.
Investigators say if you think you've received a counterfeit bill, turn it into police. To knowingly pass on fake cash is a felony
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