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Validator100™ is the only Portable, Affordable and 100% Accurate Counterfeit Detection Device of its kind. Do not get caught accepting a counterfeit bill by relying on the "Black Marker" counterfeit pens widely used by many businesses. Counterfeiters are turning genuine USD $1 and $5 dollar bills into higher denominations like USD $20's, $50's and $100's. Since the paper is genuine, the "Black Marker" gives a false read, marking the counterfeit bill as genuine.
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Manufacturing counterfeit United States currency or altering genuine currency to increase its value is
a violation of Title 18, Section 471 of the United States Code and is punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to 15 years, or both.
Possession of counterfeit United States obligations with fraudulent intent is a violation of Title 18, Section 472 of the United States Code and is punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to 15 years, or both.
Anyone who manufactures a counterfeit U.S. coin in any denomination above five cents is subject to the same penalties as all other counterfeiters. Anyone who alters a genuine coin to increase its numismatic value is in violation of Title 18, Section 331 of the United States Code, which is punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to five years, or both.
Forging, altering, or trafficking in United States Government checks, bonds or other obligations is a violation of Title 18, Section 510 of the United States Code and is punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to 10 years, or both.
Printed reproductions, including photographs of paper currency, checks, bonds, postage stamps, revenue stamps, and securities of the United States and foreign governments (except under the conditions previously listed) are violations of Title 18, Section 474 of the United States Code. Violations are punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to 15 years, or both.
“The skimmers in our stores were found thanks to routine pump checks our associates conduct every shift. Like retailers everywhere we are constantly working with financial institutions and law enforcement to update our security measures and keep guests protected."
TAMPA – Skimming debit and credit card numbers at gas pumps has become nearly epidemic, reports ABC Action News, with thieves making off with hundreds of numbers throughout central Florida.
“It is unsettling that we have that many victims,” says Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton, who said it’s the worst case of credit card fraud ever reported in the area. “I think it is the crime of the future.”
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s investigators have confiscated four skimmers from Tampa-area RaceTrac stores this year alone. “They [thieves] are unlocking the door where the regular skimmer, where you put your credit card in and they attach a device you can't see.”
Hillsborough Sheriff’s Cpl. Kevin Bodie said there’s a two-fold reason that RaceTrac stores have been targeted. “I think RaceTrac is targeted more frequently because of their access to interstate or major thoroughfare,” he said, adding that their pumps are also more vulnerable than others.
“What is unique is the keying device,” Bodie said, explaining that RaceTrac’s pumps open with the same master key.
A RaceTrac spokesperson said security changes made last year helped detected the skimming devices.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, MISSOURI ( KPLR )— Jefferson County Police deal with counterfeit money scandals four to five times every year. Police consider the latest countefeit attempt the
most concerning incident to date.
Between July 30th and August 11th, Jefferson County has had four separate incidents with counterfeit $100 bills. The accuracy of these counterfeit bills have police concerned because the fake bills are made using real money.
In the last three weeks, four Jefferson County businesses have been hit by thieves paying for items with counterfeit $100 bills. The fake money went undetected because the base of the bill is real, but the denomination is not. "Apparently, they're taking a five dollar bill base and some type of solution that they're washing the bill with, then they're transposing it apparently by some type of photocopy device to generate what appears to be a hundred dollar bill." Captain Ralph Brown - Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Because the bill has the base of real money, the bill passes the standard marker test at retail store counters. But there are two other watermark tests to detect a counterfeit $100. The counterfeit suspects were able to pass their bills at busy locations that had long lines, and only used the marker test on the bills. The Jefferson County Sherriffs Department will turn the fake bills over to the local Secret Service office. They are searching for two possible suspects. You're asked to contact the Jefferson County Sherriffs Office if you have any information involving this case.
WASHINGTON - Using the same technology favored by teens to get past bouncers at a nightclub, terrorists could be boarding your next flight.
Since the 9/11 attacks, the Department of Homeland Security has spent billions of dollars securing America's airports. But an investigation published exclusively by The Daily on Monday shows a significant gap still remains.
With just a few clicks of a mouse and a transfer of cash, anyone willing to skirt the law can obtain counterfeit driver's licenses, which experts say can get anyone right past security and onto an airplane.
"How big a gap in homeland security are fake IDs? It's a huge gap," according to Janice Kephart, who served as counsel to the 9/11 Commission and cowrote the commission's supplemental report, "9/11 and Terrorist Travel."
"It should be concerning to every American that flies," Steve Williams, the CEO of an ID verification company, added.
A handful of overseas companies sell phony IDs for about $200 apiece to anyone willing to upload a digital photo and wire the cash, whether they are kids looking for booze or terrorists looking to board a commercial aircraft.
The fakes feature the same state-of-the-art holograms and bar codes used by real state licenses and are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. Experts say that is especially true when the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is doing the checking.
"They're literally just looking at what's printed on the front of the driver's license and making sure it matches the boarding pass," according to Williams, the chief executive of Intellicheck Mobilisa, a contractor for the Department of Defense and Air Force One.
The Daily recently purchased four high-quality fake IDs from a website based in China and asked Williams to analyze them.
The IDs -- two counterfeit Connecticut driver's licenses and another two for British Columbia -- easily passed a visual inspection.
"To the naked eye, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference," Williams said after analyzing the IDs.
Although the bar codes on the British Columbia licenses would not have passed a simple computer test, Williams said the Connecticut licenses were convincing enough to get whoever bought them onto a plane.
"Absolutely," Williams said. "No doubt in my mind."
Both Homeland Security and the TSA declined to respond to requests for comment.
The TSA recently announced that it will begin testing new ID verification technology at select airports this year. The publicly disclosed specifications for the system say it will use computer algorithms to examine "bar codes, magnetic stripes, embedded circuits and machine-readable text" to determine whether documents are authentic.