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Counterfeit Money Warning In Shiawassee County

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 (WLNS) - A warning today about counterfeit money being passed in Shiawassee County. Charges are currently pending against some suspects and more arrests are possible there. Prosecuting Attorney Deana Finnegan reminds people that there are some key things to remember if you suspect you might have received counterfeit money.

1. Look at the money. Real currency has red and blue fibers embedded in the paper.  Fake money is usually on a poor quaity paper.
2. Look at the Treasury Seal on the bill. On an authentic bill the seal has distinct saw-tooth points all around it.  Counterfeit bills often have blurred or missing points.
3. Look at the portrait.  On real currency the portrait is crisp and sharp. A counterfeit bill may appear blurry.
4. Look at the serial number on the bill.  Authentic bills have eight numbers with prefix letters.  Counterfeit bills may appear ragged or uneven.
5. Check watermarks. All genuine bills have a watermark matching the denomination. 
If you believe you have a counterfeit bill you should call police immediately. Do not attempt to pass the bill to someone else.

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