Pizza Hut in Hammond reports receiving counterfeit money

21 Oct

The Pizza Hut restaurant on Indianapolis Boulevard in Hammond reported receiving counterfeit bills over the weekend. Counterfeit bills sometimes go through the system undetected and, as consumers, we must be careful not to accept counterfeit bills as change. If you get a questionable bill contact local police immediately. If you pass a counterfeit bill, even inadvertantly, you may be liable for civil damages. Intentional passing of counterfeit bills is, of course, a felony.

The US Secret Service offers the following tips for detecting counterfeit bills:

Portrait

The genuine portrait appears lifelike and stands out distinctly from the background. The counterfeit portrait is usually lifeless and flat. Details merge into the background which is often too dark or mottled.

Federal Reserve and Treasury Seals

On a genuine bill, the saw-tooth points of the Federal Reserve and Treasury seals are clear, distinct, and sharp. The counterfeit seals may have uneven, blunt, or broken saw-tooth points.

Border

The fine lines in the border of a genuine bill are clear and unbroken. On the counterfeit, the lines in the outer margin and scrollwork may be blurred and indistinct.

Serial Numbers

Genuine serial numbers have a distinctive style and are evenly spaced. The serial numbers are printed in the same ink color as the Treasury Seal. On a counterfeit, the serial numbers may differ in color or shade of ink from the Treasury seal. The numbers may not be uniformly spaced or aligned.

Paper

Genuine currency paper has tiny red and blue fibers embedded throughout. Often counterfeiters try to simulate these fibers by printing tiny red and blue lines on their paper. Close inspection reveals, however, that on the counterfeit note the lines are printed on the surface, not embedded in the paper. It is illegal to reproduce the distinctive paper used in the manufacturing of United States currency.

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