LUFKIN, TX (News Release)
Investigators are looking for a woman who passed counterfeit money at a store on Highway 103 East in Angelina County. The image included her shows the white female suspect in the act of passing the fake money.
Although criminals can produce authentic-looking counterfeit bills, if you know the signs, fake US currency is still easy to spot.
Features of genuine Federal Reserve Notes issued since 1996 include special paper embedded with red and blue fibers, a large, off-center portrait, a watermark that is visible from either side of the bill, and an embedded polyester strip inscribed with the denomination of the bill. At www.newmoney.gov, you can find information concerning the features of genuine Federal Reserve Notes online. If you doubt that a bill is genuine, contact your bank or local law enforcement agency.
Converting fake money to genuine currency is the goal of most persons passing counterfeit money. One simple way to achieve their goal is to purchase items of little value and “pay” with a larger-than-necessary bill, such as using a counterfeit $20, $50, or $100 bill to pay for a few dollars' worth of merchandise. If not caught by the store employee, the counterfeit bill can make its way to another customer.