ORLEANS - An Orleans merchant discovered on Sunday that they had taken a counterfeit $20 bill as payment Saturday night. According to a release from the Orleans Police Department the bill lacked a watermark, thread or a shadow image.
The serial number on the bogus bill was MB 46325080 B, according to Lt. Kevin Higgins. The Orleans Police Department maintains a master list of serials from counterfeit currency discovered in town. This most recent $20 bill has been added to that list.
Merchants are encouraged to look closely at bills they think may be counterfeit. On the "Know Your Money" page, the Secret Service suggests comparing a suspicious bill to a bill of the same denomination and series to identify differences.
As was the case with the $20 bill discovered in Orleans on Sunday, counterfeit currency often lacks definition and clarity in print and the red and blue fibers embedded in genuine paper money.