Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Can you find the real $20 bill in this photograph taken June 3, 2005, at the Elkhart County Sheriff'€™s Department? The real bill is third from the top with the lighter portrait of Andrew Jackson. Police reported several instances of counterfeit $20 and $50 bills in the last week. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth, File) (Buy this photo)
Counterfeit bills passing through Elkhart

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 5:38 p.m.

ELKHART — Elkhart police received several reports of fake $20 and $50 bills in the last week.

Businesses and the public should watch for counterfeit money and call the police tipline at 389-4777 if they have information. More fake $20 and $50 bills may be in circulation in the Elkhart area.

Identifying counterfeit money

The U.S. Secret Service has tips for identifying counterfeit bills:

  • Real bills have a raised texture, while counterfeit bills are often flat.
  • Serial numbers on real bills have the same ink color as the Treasury seal. Fake bills may have unevenly spaced serial numbers that are a different color ink.
  • Genuine currency paper has red and blue fibers embedded in it. Currency with red and blue lines printed on it instead of embedded is fake.
  • Federal Reserve and Treasury seals have saw-tooth points around the edge that are clear and sharp on real currency. Fake bills may have uneven or broken points on the seals.

For more tips, visit the U.S. Secret Service website.