KEARNEY, Neb. — Counterfeit bills have been passed in Kearney in the past few weeks.
Bills in denominations of $100 and $20 have surfaced at Kearney businesses, said Sgt. Mike Young of the Kearney Police Department.
Young asked retailers to be vigilant in protecting themselves and to educate themselves and their employees on how to detect fake money.
Features to look for are:
» Currency paper: Currency paper is 25 percent linen and 75 percent cotton and contains small red and blue fibers randomly dispersed throughout the paper.
» Portrait: The 1996-series bills have an enlarged off-center portrait enclosed in a frame of concentric lines. The 2004-series bills have an enlarged off-center portrait with no frame.
» Watermark: Both 1996- and 2004-series bills have a watermark visible from either side when held up to a light source.
» Security thread: Genuine bills have a clear polyester thread embedded in the paper. The thread is inscribed with the denomination of the note and is visible only when it is held up to the light.