CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities are investigating recent reports of counterfeit money that have been passed to local businesses in Charleston County.
According to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office they have had two incidents involving counterfeit one hundred dollar bills that were given to the employees.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Secret Services are investigating both of these incidents.
Here are few tips on how you can detect counterfeit money provide by the U.S. Secret Service:
1. Look at the money you receive. Compare the suspected bill with a genuine bill of the same denomination and series, paying attention to the quality of printing and paper characteristics. Look for differences, not similarities.
2. (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.
3. (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.
4. (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.
5. (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 for the Treasury Seal. The numbers may not be uniformly spaced or aligned.
6.(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 that on the counterfeit not 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.
Authorities say that the following serial numbers are associated with counterfeit money in each of the incidents: