Counterfeit bills being passed in Escanaba area

Jul 30, 2013

ESCANABA, MI--   Escanaba Public Safety is warning businesses and the public to be on the lookout for fake money. 

Identifying markers of a real bill.

Officers say there’s been an increase in the amount of counterfeit currency being handled in the area.  Police are offering tips on spotting fake cash.

  • They say the face and accompanying hologram should match. 
  • Counterfeiters often bleach low-denomination bills to make them high-denomination.
  • Looking at a bill through light will reveal a thin vertical strip that spells out its denomination.
  • Newer bills will contain color-shifting ink in the lower right-hand corner.
  • Fake money will feel different from real bills.

For additional ways to detect counterfeit money, go to the Secret Service website at