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Counterfeit money on rise in Fayetteville

Posted November 19, 2008 10:49 a.m. EST

— Police on Wednesday warned businesses and consumers of a recent increase in counterfeit money being passed in Fayetteville.

The majority of the counterfeit notes that have been presented are $100 bills that have been printed on bleached $5 bills, police said. Counterfeit detector pens won't detect the currency as fake, they said, so extra detection methods should be used.

The counterfeit money has the following flaws:

  • Notes will have the portrait of Benjamin Franklin but the watermark will be that of Abraham Lincoln.
  • The security strip will show that the bill is a $5 bill and not a $100 bill.