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(Mountain Home) – The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office reports that counterfeit twenty dollar bills are being circulated and passed in the county and possibly in the surrounding area.

Sheriff John Montgomery says three counterfeit twenty dollar bills were deposited at a local bank, which made the Sheriff’s Office aware of the incident. According to bank personnel, the abnormal characteristics of these counterfeit bills were that:

  • The bills feel thicker than normal when touching or handling them.
  • The ink may run or smudge when the bill is wet.
  • The bills tend to separate or peel apart.

A marker pen used to detect counterfeit bills failed to identify these as counterfeit.

Counterfeit bills may be passed intentionally, or they may unknowingly be offered as payment by persons who are unaware the bills are not authentic. Businesses or persons receiving questionable bills should contact their local law enforcement agency for assistance in investigating the authenticity of the currency.

According to the United States Secret Service, there are several things to look for when determining the authenticity of United States currency. They are:

Portrait: The genuine portrait appears lifelike and stands out distinctly from the background. The counterfeit portrait is usually lifeless and flat, with details merging into the background, which is often too dark or mottled.




Federal Reserve and Treasury Seals: On a genuine bill, the saw-tooth points of the Federal Reserve and Treasury Seals are clear, distinct, and sharp. The counterfeit seals may have uneven, blunt, or broken saw-tooth points.




Border: The fine lines in the border of a genuine bill are clear and unbroken.  On the counterfeit, the lines in the outer margin and scrollwork may be blurred and indistinct.

Serial Numbers: Genuine serial numbers have a distinctive style and are evenly spaced, and are printed in the same ink color as the Treasury seal. On a counterfeit, the serial numbers may differ in color or shade of ink from the Treasury seal, and may not be uniformly spaced or aligned.

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