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Spotting counterfeit bills during the shopping season

Spotting counterfeit bills during the shopping season
Posted at 6:26 PM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-10 19:26:26-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — If you're selling potential holiday gifts on places like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace this year, take a moment and check out the cash you just got.

"The uneducated consumer doesn't necessarily know what to look out for in a counterfeit note," Secret Service Agent Paul Brandenburg said.

Agent Brandenburg shows us what to look out for when it comes to fake $20 notes, the most common bill to fake.

- Color shifting ink from bronze to green on the bottom-right of the front-side of the bill.

- A security ribbon on the left side of the bill. This can be seen when holding the bill toward a light.

- Seeing a watermark of the featured person on the right side of the bill. This can be seen when holding the bill toward a light.

If you don't see the three signs, Agent Brandenburg suggests that you don't confront the suspect. Instead, simply tell the individual you won't accept it and ask for another bill. Proceed to contact police and describe specific characteristics of the suspect.