The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report Tuesday that several counterfeit $100 bills had been circulated in Southern Humboldt since the beginning of June. The bank manager of North Valley Bank in Garberville, Tammy Harrison, reported that in that past few weeks the bank has received six counterfeit $100 bills from different sources. The notes were the same size and color as genuine bills and had many of the appropriate security features. Additionally, when marked with a counterfeit detector pen, the mark shows the bills as genuine.
However, there are some ways to discern that the bills are counterfeit. According to Ms. Harrison, the texture of the paper is waxy and the ridges on the president’s collar should be raised (the ridges are smooth on the counterfeit bills). An electronic counterfeit detector will also identify the notes.
Merchants and community member in Southern Humboldt are cautioned to pay close attention to the $100 bills that are exchanged. The U.S. Secret Service offers information about how to guard against counterfeit loss at: