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Fraudulent Bills in Shared Branching Network

Earlier this week, a counterfeit $10 bill was discovered in a large deposit from a shared branching account in Southern Maine. The United States Secret Service has confirmed the bill is a counterfeit.

Photos of the counterfeit bill are below. While the bill looks real, there are some key discrepancies:

  • Border design and seal are darker and not as fine as it appears on a legitimate bill.
  • On the front of the bill, the “10” in the lower right corner is an off-shade of gold.
  • The back of the bill is not a straight horizontal line and lines on the edge of the left and bottom are visible.
  • On the left side of the back of the bill, there is a missing hologram in the circle.

The United States Secret Service recommends if you receive a counterfeit bill:

  • Do not return it to the passer.
  • Delay the passer if possible.
  • Observe the passer’s description, as well as that of any companions, and the license plate numbers of any vehicles used.
  • Contact your local police department or United States Secret Service field office.
  • Write your initials and the date in the white border areas of the suspect note.
  • Limit the handling of the note. Carefully place it in a protective covering, such as an envelope.
  • Surrender the note or coin only to a properly identified police officer or a US Secret Service special agent.

If you receive a fraudulent note, submit a Counterfeit Note Report to the US Secret Service.