Counterfeit $100 bills being passed in Wyckoff area - My9 New Jersey

Counterfeit $100 bills being passed in Wyckoff area

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MY9TV.COM--Wyckoff Police have reported that someone had attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at a pharmacy in Wyckoff.

An alert clerk noticed the phony bill and the individuals involved were not apprehended.

Another Wyckoff pharmacy had a counterfeit $100 bill that was not detected until it got to the bank. The bill was counterfeit despite the fact that the clerk used a counterfeit detection marker that indicated the bill was good. That bill was likely passed the same day and the pharmacy will be out the money.

Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox advises that there has been an increase in counterfeit currency in this area, and the bills are getting through because they pass the counterfeit detection marker that merchants frequently use.

The technology being used that gets the bills to pass the marker test, is that $5 bills are bleached and all of the printing is removed. The paper is then reprinted as a $100 bill. Because the bill is the original paper used by the Federal Mint, the marker indicates that it is good. It's the denomination that has been changed.

So if a merchant can't rely on the marker to confirm that currency is good, what do they do?

Chief Fox advises that business owners should go to the Secret Service website at where they can print out color photos to assist in detecting fraudulent currency. This information should be made available to clerks that collect cash.

Some basic information to assist in detecting counterfeit bills: When the bills are bleached, they do not bleach out the watermark. A phony $100 bill will have an Abraham Lincoln watermark if it was originally $5, instead of the Benjamin Franklin watermark on a real $100 bill. Bleaching also does not remove the security thread in the paper.

A real $100 bill has a vertical line that reads "USA 100" when held up to light. A $5 bill has a security thread that reads "USA FIVE" when held to light. The 100 in the lower left corner on the front of a real $100 bill has micro printing in the numbers that read "100USA". This wording is illegible in a counterfeit bill. There are more suggestions that can be found on the government website including the use of an ultraviolet light.

     Chief Fox advises that the individual seen on the videos at both businesses is the same person. He is a Hispanic male, late teens to early twenties. He was seen getting into a red/maroon colored minivan with Florida license plates occupied by an older male.

The thief will typically make a small purchase using the $100 bill, which gets back a significant amount of the $100 in change. Any business taking a bill that they deem suspicious should maintain custody of the bill and immediately contact their local police department.

Wyckoff merchants that have questions regarding counterfeit currency can contact Detectives Sgt. Joseph Soto or Sgt. Michael Musto at 201-891-2121.

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