Police have been seeing an increased number of counterfeit bills around the Aiken area recently and advise you to be aware of the funny stuff.
While you most likely won’t be jailed for innocently possessing a fake $20 bill, it is often good to check anyway to ensure local businesses aren’t being shafted. Counterfeit bills are reported to the Secret Service, confiscated and never reimbursed.
A good way to make sure your money isn’t ridiculously fake is to check the watermark. Hold the note up to a light and look in the upper right hand corner. There should be an image that matches the photo in the center. If not, your bill has most likely been bleached by a counterfeiter and re-printed with a higher denomination. Additionally, use your eyes and make sure the serial numbers are evenly spaced and straight, the picture isn’t crooked, and the borders match a genuine bill.
More information on phony cash can be found at http://www.secretservice.gov/money_detect.shtml.
If you think you’ve been a victim of financial fraud, contact your local police department and/or the U.S. Secret Service Columbia Field Office at (803) 772-4015.