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Funny Money: Police warn of convincing fake $50 bills found around Georgia town

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The Dalton Police Department is warning residents to be careful when accepting $50 bills, as convincing counterfeits have been found at local businesses. (Image: Dalton Police)

The Dalton Police Department is warning residents to be careful when accepting $50 bills, as convincing counterfeits have been found at local businesses.

The U.S. Secret Service advised the police department on Tuesday morning that several of the bills had been passed at a Dalton business and more could be in circulation.

The Secret Service told Dalton investigators that several counterfeit $50 bills were passed at the Dollar General story on Riverburch Parkway in Dalton sometime in the month of June.

The Secret Service also provided pictures of the counterfeit bills and pointed out several ways to spot the fakes:

On the front of the bill:

The number “50” in the bottom right should be printed in color shifting ink that changes from copper to green. These fake bills do not change color but do have somewhat of a gold tint to them.

In the Treasury seal, printed on the right hand side of the bill, the word “Treasury” is misspelled and instead says what looks like “TREAFHRE.” Another thing to note is that the bill marking pen does not work on these bills as they have some type of coating on them but not so much that it is noticeable.

On the back of the bill:

The coloring on the back of the bill is just slightly different than a legitimate $50. When holding it up to the light, you can see that the straight lines of the printed image on the back aren’t quite in line with those on the front.

The printed type stating “US CAPITOL” underneath that image isn’t as crisp or clean as a legitimate $50. The standard security features to include an embedded security thread and a watermark are both visible.

If you know more about these fake bills or have spotted some fake bills, please contact Detective Matthew Lowery at 706-278-9085, extension 9133.

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