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Fake $20's reported on Marco Island

One of 12 counterfeit $20 bills reported at a one of 11 banks on Marco Island in the past several weeks.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff

One of 12 counterfeit $20 bills reported at a one of 11 banks on Marco Island in the past several weeks.

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  • A close look is required to tell the difference between a real bill and the fake bills reported on Marco Island on Monday afternoon. The real bill, top, is greener, the counterfeit-revealing pen mark is yellow not black, the eagle is green not brown and the 20 on the lower right changes from copper-colored to green-colored depending on the angle of the light.
  • Keith Dameron, vice president of IberiaBank's Marco Island branch, holds up a real and fake bill. Can you tell the difference? Marco Island Police Chief Thom Carr said it's going to take diligence from people handling money to spot a fake in enough time to catch the counterfeiters.
  • Marco bank tellers say ever since the fake $50 scare more than a year ago, they're checking more bills than ever before with a pen and with the counting machine.
  • IberiaBank's Marco Island branch Vice President Keith Dameron identifies key differences between two fake bills received by the bank Monday afternoon and authentic bills. The counterfeit didn't have color changing ink on the number 20 on the lower right of the bill, so it stayed the same color when tilted in light. The eagle on the suspected fake bill was more brown than green and there was no thin strip of vertical writing revealed on the left, front of the counterfeit.
  • One of 12 counterfeit $20 bills reported at a one of 11 banks on Marco Island in the past several weeks.

Two suspected counterfeit $20 bills reported at a Marco bank on Monday makes 12 fake $20's suspected on the Island in the past several weeks.

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