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U.S. Secret Service offers tips to detect counterfeit cash

Employee training vital in stopping fake cash
Posted at 11:18 AM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 13:19:55-04

The United States Secret Service launched Operation “Quick Glance” to inform U.S. retailers and consumers how to identify easy-to-detect counterfeit currency. News5 is providing that advice and other resources to help people get trained and educated about counterfeit cash.

Operation “Quick Glance” focuses on “Motion Picture,” foreign writing, and “replica” notes.

Colorado Springs Police Department investigators say they've discovered many people are finding ways to acquire the fake cash by purchasing it as a souvenir over the internet. Owning these souvenir bills is legal, but trying to spend this money that is for "replica" or "Motion Picture" use is illegal.

The following recommendations were listed in the U.S. Secret Service official press release to help businesses to detect these bills:

- Take a quick glance at currency when you receive it from any retail establishment or individual

- Look for foreign writing on the front and back of the note

- Look for the words “For Motion Picture Use Only” or the word “Replica” on the note

- Contact your local Secret Service Field Office if you have information about counterfeit currency

To determine the authenticity of a banknote, use the note's security features. An in-depth description of the security and design features in the latest $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 notes can be found at

For the full News5 warning about the impact of counterfeit cash in Colorado Springs click here