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My wife handles the finances for her 93-year old mother. She withdrew $500.00; (5)$100 bills from their joint PNC account in Montvale, NJ and deposited same into their joint checking account with Bank of America in the same town. She was asked to come into the bank (from the drive-in) as there was a problem with one of the bills... it was counterfeit. She got the necessary papers from BofA, went to the police to file a report, and called the Secret Service. Getting a counterfeit bill from a bank raises a lot of questions... How many of you here routinely check the bills you get from a bank before you step out of the building? Chichay
 

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Did the bank make good on it?
 

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I don't but I guess we should. A friend of mine got a fake from a bank a few years ago. Kinda scary isn't it - if the bank can't tell. How in the heck am I suppose to know - I only see a bill that size once ever other year.
 

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Back in the 70's I presented a $100 bill to Braniff Airlines in Dallas for payment of a flight to somewhere. The Braniff rep looked the bill over closely which surprised me. He then handed it back to me stating that it did not have "In God We Trust" anywhere on that bill. I later deposited it at my local bank. Never heard another word concerning that bill. Was it counterfeit? Or just a mistake by the mint...don't know.

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From Craig's List. I received three $900 USPS money orders that were forgeries.

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If a bank teller finds a bad bill, they will pass it back to the public so they don't get written up and reprimanded, or fired, for taking the bad bill. I dated a bank teller in my younger years. BIG JIM
 

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I'm in Los Angeles. The couple Bank of America branches I routinely deal with all use machines to count the bills before they make transactions, that machine not only count bills, they count the notes, you can mix $ 20, 50, & 100s in one stack for it to count and the total value will show in digital numbers. It can spot counterfeit notes at any direction and stop counting.
 

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50's and 100's are easy to spot generally. My wife has two retail stores, and we in recent times had someone pass a counterfeit 5. Why someone would take the time to make a 5 I don't know, and it only happened once, but be aware it has happened.
 

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It chaps my rear when I go to the dollar store and they mark a 5 dollar bill with their pen..I know it shouldnt bother me its just business, I am going to get me one of those pens and when they give me change back i'm going to mark the ones..haha..
 

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I'm surprised the feds didn't take the bill and have prints taken... with the bills having been passed so recently from the bank, couldn't they match up a full/partial with the teller to back up your story?!

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There was a great show about counterfeits a while back on Discovery, History or the Learning Channel. They said that some counterfeits are of such high quality that they believe they are being printed by a foriegn government and are nearly undetectable. If you get the chance, watch this show. You will learn a few very interesting things. I deal with counterfeits in my job and see some trends. Almost all counterfeits coming from the west coast are $100.00 dollar notes. Middle states and the northeast seem to generate a lot of $50.00 notes and the southeast generally has a majority of 20s and some 5s and 10s. Many times you will see $2000.00 come in and there will only be two or three serial numbers used in the east. You never see that in the west.

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I have been in the banking industry since 1972. For years I was a supervisor of the savings dept, for a large bank. I have never received a counterfeit bill from where our bank receives it money. In the late 70's one of our customers came to our bank and said one of our tellers gave him $100.00 bills from a withdraw that he made earlier that day from his saving account. One of the bills was a counterfeit. I looked at the bill, and yes it was counterfeit. I gave the customer a good $100.00 bill in return. We did not want one of our customers being stuck with a bad bill. We were always told in training that the last person who had the bill was the person who was out the money. I contacted the police and they took the bill with them, filled out paper work etc. The teller who gave him the counterfeit bill, we think obtained it from another customer either the day before or that day, but could not be certain. Recently, I went to Mcdonalds, all I had was a $100.00 bill. The person behind the counter stated that they no longer accept $50.00 or $100.00 bills from customers. Do not know if that is Mcdonalds policy now, or just that individually owned Mcdonalds.
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Just a bit off topic, but I recently took some change in to my bank of 40 years.

I ran it through the change counter, and it rejected the Canadian coins.

I took the slip to the teller, and presented the Canadian coins for exchange.

She said they no longer take Canadian coins. She then told me to take them to Wal-Mart or McDonalds as they will still take them.

I asked why they will not take the coins at this bank, and she could not explain.

Seems weird to snub our neighbors to the North!

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If you get a $100.00 bill look for the Series. On the Fake one it will pass the black mark test but it will not have the S at the end of SERIES,it will be (SERIE)We get one last year at the SW Grand.
 

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I was in a McDonalds in Illinois last week that said they would not accept $50 bills as counterfeits had been found in the area.
 

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I go to alot of gun shows and I heard of a guy going to a bank on a Sat to get some cash to buy a gun. When he got back to the table to buy the gun they guy then took his $100.00 bills and used his anti counterfeit pin that he got from Staples and told him that 6 of the bills were counterfeit. He took the bills back to the bank and sure enough they were bad. Te bank made good on it because he was just there and the cashier remembered him. He was lucky.
 

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In California we have seen $100 counterfeit bills that are $5 bills with the $100 surface printed over. Apparently they float the $5 bill over acid vapor and it takes the top layer of ink off, and they reprint it to look like a $100 so the black marker pens will say it is good. I train my cashiers to look through the bill into the light and match the president's face on the surface with the face printed inside the bill. The fakes have Lincoln on the inside and Franklin on the surface. Also check to make sure the magnetic stripe is there. If you deposit it into the bank, they turn it over to the Feds and you are out of luck.
 
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