Wednesday, December 31, 2003
It appears as though someone is trying to have an extra jolly holiday season in Grandview.
The day after Christmas, the Grandview Police Department started receiving counterfeit money being circulated to local merchants. So far, the Grandview P.D. has received three counterfeit $100 bills.
According to police department officials, the bills are of generally poor quality when compared with an actual $100 bill.
The counterfeit bills have two sets of serial numbers. The first of the numbers is AK 33104833 B K11, the other AL 83478506D L12. The first of the counterfeit bills was printed on a plate with the numbers #D220 and is a series 1996. The second counterfeit bill is also a 1996 series with the plate #C220.
Genuine bills should have a unique serial number. A counterfeit run of money will have a very large number of bills that have identical serial numbers. Grandview police officials warn businesses that any $100 bills with the serial numbers they have provided to the news media are counterfeit bills.
The Grandview Police Department offers the following tips for businesses receiving counterfeit bills. First, do not return the counterfeit money to the passer. If possible, delay the passer from leaving the business. If the passer leaves, obtain a detailed description of the person, any companions and the license plates of any vehicles used. Merchants are also encouraged to write their initials and the date of the incident in the white border areas of the counterfeit bill. Also, limit the handling of the note, placing the counterfeit bill into a protective covering until surrendering it to the appropriate authorities.
New currency in circulation by the federal government has several distinct features. The $100 bills feature a larger, slightly off-center portrait that incorporates more detail. There is also a watermark of the figure in the portrait. The bill can be held up in the light to see the portrait. New serial numbers consists of two prefix letters, eight numbers and a one-letter suffix. The first letter of the prefix designates the series. Another visible feature shows optically variable ink, which changes from green to black in the number in the lower right-hand corner of the bill when viewed from different angles.