SIDNEY — A report to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, on Feb. 5, states a citizen received a counterfeit $50 bill from the Minster Bank, in Sidney.
According to a press release, the bill was discovered to be counterfeit when the person attempted to use the bill at Foodtown, in Sidney.
The cashier at Foodtown thought the bill felt different than a regular bill, prompting them to run it through a cash scan machine. The bill was then rejected and found to be counterfeit.
The $50 bill was very well done and looked authentic, the release states, but was missing some watermarks, and also had some ink transfer on the back of the bill, at the bottom.
The Sheriff’s Office urges citizens to look at their currency when they receive it; to look for color shifting ink on the numerical designation on the bottom right of a bill. This ink will turn a darker shade of green when tilted; and feel for raised printing by running your fingernail across the edges of the bill.
Also, look for a watermark by holding the bill up to light, which will be on the right side of the bill, and look for the security thread on the left side of the bill.
If you don’t see or detect these, immediately return the bill and ask for a different one.
If you receive a counterfeit bill, you can report the bill to the Secret Service by filling out a SSF 1604 form, which you can get online from the Secret Service. You are also urged to contact your local law enforcement agency.