Let’s face it; in times of economic hardship, we could all use just a little bit more money.
Something to set aside, something to pay the bills, or even, dare I say, something to splurge on a vacation. In a society where money makes the world go around, many of us have been standing still for quite some time. So, when you need more money, what do you do? Get another job? Work a few hours of overtime? Or how about removing the ink on a five dollar bill and reprinting it as a one-hundred dollar bill? One of these things is not quite like the others, but sadly, it’s still true.
Throughout the United States, and most recently in the Milwaukee Metro area, businesses have been victims of counterfeit currency transactions. Perpetrators are bleaching five dollar bills clean of ink, and then printing over the real money with larger denominations such as twenty, fifty, or even one-hundred dollar bills. Unfortunately, what’s fast money for some is hard earned money for others and not just the businesses, but every employee that works for them. Thankfully, there are a few tips and precautions that business operators and clerks can take to prevent themselves from falling victim to counterfeiters.
- Now that you’re aware, be on the lookout for any suspicious bills.
- In addition to the standard security pen test, hold the bill up to the light and look for the watermark on the right hand side of the bill every time.
- Don’t be afraid to contact your local police department or manager if you’re unsure about a suspicious looking bill.
For more information about counterfeit money, visit www.wiccrimeprevention.com.