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01/17/07 07-004

01/17/07 07-004

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
PRESS RELEASE


January 17, 2007
07-004


Subject:

San Francisco Police Alert Public About Increasing Circulation Of Counterfeit Bills


San Francisco Police are altering the public of the increasing number of counterfeit bills being passed in San Francisco. There have been reports of counterfeit $, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills being circulated and that are received by unsuspecting victims. Many of these bills have been passed at businesses throughout the city. In one recent case, a victim placed an ad on Craiglist to sell a Sony Play Station3 and received 12 counterfeit $100 bills, all in this case with the same serial number. Police recommend several things to look for when you suspect a bill may be counterfeit to help you ascertain the genuineness of the bill:

Genuine 1996 and newer notes:

  • Watermark. Image on the right side of the note is identical to the portrait pictured in the center of the note (seen by holding the note up to the light).
  • Security thread. Thread is in the paper and runs top to bottom, to the left or right side of the portrait, depending on the denomination.
  • Color-shifting ink. The 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2004 series notes have color-shifting ink in the lower right hand corner that shifts from green to black when tilted at a 45-degree angle. The 2004 series $20 and $50 notes have color-shifting ink that shifts from copper to green when tilted at a 45-degree angle. The $5 note does not have color-shifting ink.
  • Micro printing. Location varies on denominations.
  • Red and blue fibers. Embedded in the paper.

Genuine 1990 series:

  • Micro printing. Location varies on denominations.
  • Security threads. Run top to bottom,, to left or right of portrait depending on the denomination.
  • Red and blue fibers. Embedded in the paper.

Genuine Pre-1990 series:

  • Red and blue fibers. Embedded in the paper.

For more information, please contact:

Lieutenant Kenwade Lee, SFPD Fraud Section, 553-1521

United States Secret Service, 415-744-9026, www.secretservice.gov



850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103
Tel (415) 553-1651 / Fax (415) 553-9229
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