Sharp eyes detect the difference between real bills and counterfeit
The Eastern Utah Community Credit Union received a small amount of counterfeit money Monday morning. The bogus $10 bill will be turned over to local police before making its way to federal investigators.
"It's sad to see that the people who end up with these bills are the ones that end up losing out when they are rarely the ones that committed the forgery," said Eastern Utah Official Rene Clarke.
During her 18-year career with the credit union, Clarke says she has seen everything from laughable bills to very sophisticated bills. While the untrained eye may take money that has been counterfeited, those who deal with cash on a daily basis and have training become highly adept a noticing counterfeit bills.
As if to make that point, a single bill was noticed this morning by an EUCCU teller who came across the bill and noticed it immediately.
Clarke cautioned all citizens to pay close attention to the bills they accept as it is the person who possesses it in the end who ends up losing the bill to authorities.
Those looking to learn more about counterfeit money can visit the Secret Service's website at http://www.secretservice.gov/money_detect.shtml.
According to the Secret Service, the public has a role in maintaining the integrity of U.S. currency. Citizens can help guard against the threat from counterfeiters by becoming more familiar with United States currency.
They suggest that all consumers look at the money they receive and compare a suspect note with a genuine note of the same denomination and series, paying attention to the quality of printing and paper characteristics. Look for differences, not similarities, said their site.