How Real Is Your Money?


It’s raining money in Vigo County, fake money.

“This is just one time out of a million that I’ve seen since I’ve been in the training department that currency has circulated in some area,” Erin Manton said.  

Three counterfeit bills have come through the hands of First Farmers Bank and Trust training specialist Erin Manton, in the past week.

Other businesses, in Vigo and Sullivan counties have also come across counterfeit bills. And you may recall, there was a counterfeiting arrest during the recent Covered Bridge Festival. 

Spotting the funny money is all in the details.

“First of all this ribbon, you should be able to feel it,” Manton said. “It’s not printed on there it’s actually worn inside of it. They all have micro-printing on them which means it’s just very very tiny print on them. And then down around his collar down here it actually says the United States of America.” 

For retailers, Sergeant Denzil Lewis says all counterfeiting is preventable with one device. 

“For 40 dollars you can buy a device that checks with UV lighting and checks watermarks and does everything for you,” Denzil Lewis said. 

And though the machine takes some time, it is worth it in the long run. 

“It does take a little more time to check everything single bill however, if you are doing something like that you aren’t going to be targeted,” Denzil Lewis said.  

And it’s a problem that not going away anytime soon. 

“Unfortunately it’s a wide spread epidemic throughout the country that doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon,” Manton said. “So it’s something that’s really important to be able to recognize.”

Another tip is to hold the bill up to the light. You should be able to see the watermark that’s specific to each bill’s value.

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