MRFC Provide Tips for Identifying Counterfeit Money

MRFC Provide Tips for Identifying Counterfeit Money

The Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) continues to monitor threats and hazards to the region. In light of recent reports regarding the use of counterfeit money, the MRFC advises the community to be alert for similar incidences and the potential impact on consumers, businesses, and financial institutions.

The MRFC are in coordination with all appropriate stakeholders to include local law and federal law enforcement entities and local private sector entities to monitor and assess incidences of counterfeit money use.

Residents, visitors, and business owners are advised to practice the following open source tips to identify and prevent further circulation of counterfeit money.
  • Feel the paper. It should feel slightly rough to the touch as a result of the printing process and the unique composition of the paper.
  • Check with light. Hold the note to light to see a security thread embedded on denominations $5 and higher. Hold the note to light to see a faint image to the right of the portrait on dimensions $5 or higher.
  • Tilt the note. Tilt the note to see the ink I the numbers on the lower right corner and the Bell in the Inkwell change color from copper to green. The 3-d Security Ribbon on the $100 note is woven into the paper.
  • Check with magnification. Microprinting is featured in several locations on the denominations $5 or higher. There are small red and blue security fibers embedded throughout genuine U.S. currency paper.
  • Visit www.uscurrency.gov for more information on counterfeit money identifiers.

If you see suspicious activity, related to the current events, report it to local law enforcement and the MRFC email mrfc@ghs.guam.gov or call 475-0400/1.


For more information, contact GHS/OCD Acting Public Information Officer, Jaimie H. Cruz at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jaimie.cruz@ghs.guam.gov.
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