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Writing the counterfeit blues.

Detecting counterfeit money is not a fine art. Two products on the market make it as easy as the push of a button or a doodle on a dollar.

N.M. Factfinders Investigations of Peralta, NM, is selling a special felt-tip pen that can detect counterfeit money with just a scribble. If the mark from the $mart Money Counterfeit Detector Pen is black or dark brown, the bill is suspect. If the mark is yellow, the bill is good.

N.M. Factfinders suggests using the pen in addition to other detection measures. Some counterfeit clues include:

* The bill doesn't look or feel like other bills.

* Paper has watermarks or doesn't have red and blue fibers imbedded throughout.

* Portrait may be dull and flat. The details are not crisp.

* Treasury seal border may have uneven, blunt, or broken points.

* Borders may be blurred.

* Serial numbers may not be uniformly spaced or aligned or may be in a different color or shade of ink from the Treasury seal.

* Denomination numbers may be different from wording.

In related news, the August 31 edition of Business Week reported that Canon Inc. is going to announce a color copier that will refuse to make copies of currency. "The chip |installed in the copier~ contains digitized images of key details from a dozen or so bank notes. When the copier spots an image, the machine won't make a duplicate and spits out a blacked-out copy."

The chip will come out next year and eventually become standard equipment on Canon copiers. The $mart Money Counterfeit Detector Pen costs $5. To order, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to N.M. Factfinders, PO Box 1218, Peralta, NM 87042.
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Title Annotation:Security Spotlight; special pen to detect counterfeit bills
Publication:Security Management
Date:Nov 1, 1992
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