Is It Real Or Is It A Copy?
Counterfeiting currency is a crime and the individuals involved are attempting to defraud their fellow citizens and our country as a whole. The tough anti-counterfeiting measures put into place by US Mint have gone a long way to provide additional security but the bottom line is that there are still those who produce counterfeit currency in spite of these measures.
In light of a recent increase in reported counterfeit bills passed locally, the Danville Police Department has increased its focus and efforts to aid citizens and retailers as they take steps to protect themselves financially. Please use the information and resource links on this page as a guide in the ongoing effort to thwart, detect and hopefully stop the crime of counterfeiting our nation’s currency.
Citizens and retailers alike should take the time to educate themselves and their employees in proper detection methods. A variety of products are available to the public and to retail settings that will enhance the counterfeit detection process. These items range from simple marking pens to high tech UV light devices that aid in the visibility of built in security features. Whichever method you select, make sure to take the time to study the "real thing" and the security features already in place. Knowing these features will greatly benefit citizens from all walks of life as they strive to protect their financial assets.
If You Receive a Counterfeit Bill
- Do not return it to the passer.
- Delay the passer if possible.
- Observe the passer's description, as well as that of any companions, and the license plate numbers of any vehicles used.
- Contact your local Police Department or United States Secret Service field office. These numbers can be found on the inside front page of your local telephone directory. It the passer is still present or close by, dial 911!
- Write your initials and the date in the white border areas of the suspect note.
- Limit the handling of the note. Carefully place it in a protective covering, such as an envelope.
- Surrender the note or coin only to a properly identified police officer or a U.S. Secret Service special agent.
It's the Law
- Manufacturing counterfeit United States currency or altering genuine currency to increase its value is a violation of Title 18, Section 471 of the United States Code and is punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to 15 years, or both.
- Possession of counterfeit United States obligations with fraudulent intent is a violation of Title 18, Section 472 of the United States Code and is punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to 15 years, or both.
- Anyone who manufactures a counterfeit U.S. coin in any denomination above five cents is subject to the same penalties as all other counterfeiters. Anyone who alters a genuine coin to increase its numismatic value is in violation of Title 18, Section 331 of the United States Code, which is punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to five years, or both.
- Forging, altering, or trafficking in United States Government checks, bonds or other obligations is a violation of Title 18, Section 510 of the United States Code and is punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to 10 years, or both.
- Printed reproductions, including photographs of paper currency, checks, bonds, postage stamps, revenue stamps, and securities of the United States and foreign governments (except under the conditions previously listed) are violations of Title 18, Section 474 of the United States Code. Violations are punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to 15 years, or both.
Additional Links / Documents of interest
Know Your Money April 08
United States Secret Service
Counterfeit Note Report