Winchester PD: Counterfeit bills being passed at businesses

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Winchester Police say the bill on top is a fake, compared to the legitimate currency on the bottom.

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Winchester Police Department is warning businesses, banks, and the general public of counterfeit $20 dollar bills that have been being passed around.

Officers say the bills are of such a quality, that they’re passing counterfeit ink pen tests.  In the photo above, the $20 dollar bill on top is a counterfeit bill, while the one on the bottom is legitimate currency.

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Police say the best way to identify the counterfeit money is by looking for the faint portrait of Andrew Jackson’s face above the “20” on the front of the bill.

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Winchester Police say that, when held up to light, a faint ghost-like portrait of Andrew Jackson will appear above the “20” on a legitimate U.S. Currency $20 dollar bill. The portrait is visible from either side. (Photo Courtesy: Winchester Police Dept.)

Officers also say that the ink on the “20” of one of the bogus bills will remain the same color regardless of how it’s viewed.  Legitimate $20’s have color-shifting ink, that will change color when viewed from different angles.

Officers are asking anyone who comes into possession of the counterfeit money to please call them.