Secret Service warns of counterfeit bills while holiday shopping

Kimberly Dole
November 28, 2019 - 3:05 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Counterfeit money could end up in your wallet this holiday season.

Experts say you should take a closer look at the cash being handed to you at the register while you shop. 

The U.S. Secret Service issued a nationwide alert to keep an eye out for counterfeit bills and launched Operation Quick Glance, where they urge shoppers to take an extra moment to look at the money they receive.

In 2018, the Secret Service reported that $103.4 million in counterfeit cash circulated in the U.S.

Some easy tips that would help consumers identify counterfeit money include:

  • Take a quick glance at cash when you receive it from any retail establishment or individual.
  • Look for Chinese characters or foreign writing on the front and back of the note.
  • Look for the words “For Motion Picture Use Only” or “Replica” written on the note.
  • Contact your local Secret Service field office if you have information about counterfeit currency.

According to, there was a 120 percent increase in the passing of Chinese character or notes with other foreign writing as well as a 25 percent increase in the passing of motion picture notes.

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