Will County, IL – Retail Alert: Counterfeit $100 Bills in Manhattan Area


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Manhattan, IL – Retail employees and store owners in Will County, take note: The influx of counterfeit $100 bills in the Manhattan area has prompted an urgent call for vigilance. 

The Village of Manhattan Police Department reports that fraudulent bills, altered from $10 to appear as $100, are in circulation. Front-line workers handling cash transactions are the first line of defense against this deceptive activity. It’s critical to scrutinize the bills received, particularly the $100 denominations. 

Pay attention to the security features that distinguish genuine notes from fakes. A real $100 bill will have color-shifting ink, a watermark, and a security thread that corresponds with its denomination, not that of a $10 bill.

For comprehensive guidance on identifying legitimate currency, visit www.uscurrency.gov. By being alert and informed, you can help prevent these counterfeit bills from affecting your business and the local economy. The police department encourages reporting any counterfeit currency to law enforcement immediately. Your keen observation and prompt action are invaluable in this community-wide effort to thwart counterfeiters.


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