‘Tis the Season – Beware of Counterfeit Money & How to Spot Fake Bills

October 3rd, 2018

Counterfeit Money: How to Spot Fake Bills 

Learn how to authenticate your money.

Understand the main security features common across all U.S. banknotes to help quickly, easily, and discreetly determine if a note is genuine.


Other Tips – The Secret Service offers the below methods to detect counterfeit bills:

  1. Hold a bill up to a light and look for a holograph of the face image on the bill. Both images should match.
  2. Looking at the bill through a light will also reveal a thin vertical strip containing text that spells out the bill’s denomination.