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Counterfeit Bill Alert

Friday, November 16, 2012, 4:00 PM [RELEASE AT WILL]

Attached is a picture of a counterfeit $100 bill.  This was a genuine one dollar bill that had been washed out and then imprinted with a one hundred dollar bill. 

When this occurs, unaware businesses that use the marking pen to validate the currency will be duped as the currency paper is good.  As such, the marker will indicate the bill as being good when in reality, it isn’t.     

Businesses will have to make a visual inspection of the larger bills in addition to using the validation pen.   A close inspection will usually reveal some elements of the washed out bill. 

Additionally, other currency protections will also not be evident such as holograms, etc.  

Investigators with the Colorado Springs Police Department want to alert businesses and citizens to be extra cautious when accepting $100 bills.

If you have information about a crime, please call police at 719-444-7000.  If you would like to remain anonymous you can call Crime-stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867) or you can simply text CSPD and your tip to 847411 (TIP411).