Ardmore police are investigating a series of counterfeit $100 bills being circulated in the community.


Ardmore police are investigating a series of counterfeit $100 bills being circulated in the community.

Sgt. Eric Hamblin, Ardmore Police Department Public Information Officer, said during the past several days police have taken numerous reports concerning the counterfeit money.

“Some of the counterfeit bills are being printed and some of them are washed $5 bills which have been over-printed as $100 bills,” Hamblin said.

APD investigators are following several leads and looking at “several possible suspects,” Hamblin said, and urged local retail merchants and citizens accepting either donations or cash for any reason to use caution before taking what appears to be a $100 bill.

“There are a number of things people can do to make sure the bill is what it appears to be,” Hamblin said.

Tips include:

Hold the bill up to the light and make sure it contains the magnetic strip embedded in real currency.

“If there is a magnetic strip check the denomination printed on the strip and compare it to the denomination printed on the bill. If the magnetic strip is printed $5, but $100 is printed on the actual bill it’s counterfeit,” Hamblin said.

Look for the bill’s watermark

“If a watermark is present, make sure the face printed on the watermark matches the face printed on the bill,” Hamblin said.

Look for fiber threads embedded in the bill. Legitimate currency contains fiber threads Compare the ink color on the bill with the ink color on bills known to be real Compare the size of the bill with other bills

“Printer paper is going to feel different than actual money,” Hamblin said. “If it doesn’t feel right, don’t accept it.”

Those who may have accepted a counterfeit bill should contact Ardmore police immediately. Anyone with information about the counterfeiting scam or those involved in either the manufacturing or passage of the fake money is also encouraged to call police headquarters at (580) 223-1212.