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Counterfeit Bills Turn Up In Longview

The age-old art of counterfeiting is brand new again, as some in the Longview area are finding a way to beat the most up-to-date anti-counterfeiting technology. More than two dozen cases of counterfeit bills have been investigated by Longview police since December. But now, they are facing a new challenge. Fake $100 bills are turning up, treated with a chemical that out smarts the smart pen, the tool considered fool proof by many businesses.

"We have seen it. There are ways that the pen can be fooled. It's usually an extra step that most of the counterfeiters we see are not going to," says Longview banker Scott Dickerson.

Investigators say computer technology and attention to detail are making counterfeiting easier, and finding the fake bills even tougher.

"I come into your establishment and pay for some with $60 and have you take these three bills, a quick count of the bills everything seems fine, drop it in the cash register, and I just passed $20 in counterfeit currency," says Dickerson.

With the new advancement, investigators say there is only one way to make sure what you're receiving is real. That's the color shifting ink at the lower right hand corner of large denominations. Police and secret service agents say if too many the fake bills get into the local economy, everybody loses.

"The businesses lose money, the domino effect, it all hits us all at some point," says Sergeant Rob Bowen of the Longview police department.

Real currency has security threads in the paper with micro printing, a watermark of the figure in the portrait, and red and blue fibers are present in the paper.

The latest counterfeit bills are now under the scrutiny of the secret service.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.

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