Secret Service: Keep an eye out for funny money - Tucson News Now

Secret Service: Keep an eye out for funny money

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Secret Service is asking the public to keep an eye out for counterfeit money that is circulating in various places, including Tucson. 

Glenn Dennis, resident agent in charge with the Secret Service said these particular fake bills have Chinese writing in reddish color. 

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He said the bills are sold and bought online and then are used locally at small stores or places like yard sales and flea markets.

Dennis said they started seeing the bills show up about six months ago but are not seeing a large number of them circulating right now.

The Secret Service is investigating and trying to cut out the internet trading, but he said a big part of putting an end to it is getting people to be on the look out. 

"We're working in the field to stop it at the point of sales. So if we can educate people on what to look for, we can cut it, out in the field and we can down some of the passing and transactions. And take away the desire for trade it online because it wont be as valuable," Dennis said. 

Things to look out for: 

  • Texture
  • Watermark 
  • Color shifting ink
  • Security thread
  • Serial numbers  

For more information on how to spot fake money, go to and

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