Counterfeit bills passed in Ocean Beach
Published - 03/27/17 - 04:18 PM | 3568 views | 3 3 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Looks convincing, but it's a fake.
Looks convincing, but it's a fake.
Ocean Beach MainStreet Association has received information that some local merchants are being visited by individuals attempting to pay with fake money.

In this particular incident, the "customer" was a bald Hispanic man in his early 30s, about 5 foot 8 inches tall, about 188 pounds. He attempted to pay with the bill (pictured) that passed three of the usual tests (watermark, pen test, vertical strip). He quickly left the shop when questioned by the merchant.

Security features on $100 bills include a 3D security ribbon, color-shifting ink, portrait watermark, security thread, raised printing, and microprinting. Visit to educate yourself and your employees on how to authenticate money and avoid being taken advantage of.

In addition to familiarizing yourself with the security features on authentic money, trust your gut – if something feels weird, ask the customer to provide ID or another bill/payment method.

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March 29, 2017
Curious, after the 3 passed tests, how did they figure out it was a counterfeit bill?
March 31, 2017
I went to the currency website and learned it was very easy to tell

Visually so my guess is it looked suspicious because it lacks then

Colored bell and 3D blue stripe down the middle.

I learned a lot of simple changes and how to tell in three easy steps

April 13, 2017
It was a 2006 bill. The weight and texture was off.

Had a weird feel.