Expert warns of counterfeit bills in Anchorage

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 9:04am

An Anchorage bank official says counterfeit cash is being passed in the city.

First National Bank Alaska security manager Don Krohn tells KTUU-TV ( that many counterfeit bills look realistic.

He had a 30-year career in law enforcement and now teaches tellers how to spot fake bills.

Krohn says legitimate bills have ridges that can be felt scraping a fingernail across the bill.

Another tipoff is shading that should change slightly as the bill is tilted.

Krohn suggests looking for water marks or comparing the size to other bills.

A counterfeit detection pen sold at office supply stores is another way to investigate a bill but they don't work on money that's been bleached and reprinted in a higher denomination.