The National Police of Nicaragua, through their delegation in Rivas, is warning the public about US $100 bank notes being passed in Rivas.

The notes were passed at a bar in Rivas on the 4th of August 2018; however, they were not identified as counterfeit until the business owner tried to deposit them at a bank, a few days later. At that point, the owner contacted the National Police and also circulated the incident through social media.

Various people at the bar recalled the notes being accepted late one evening as payment for a few beers. The bar was very busy and the staff didn’t check the notes thoroughly. Staff remembered a young man, with a group of older men, coming to the bar and paying for the beers.  In addition, another man from the same group came to the bar later and also purchased beers with a US $100 note. Again, the staff were not alert to the possibility of a forged note; however, one did recall later that one of the men did have several hundred-dollar bills on him.

To date, the bank or the police have not revealed any details or the number sequence of the false note.

Some quick ways of checking a US $100 note are;

  • In the white area of the note, and on both sides, you should be able to see the watermark of Benjamin Franklin.
  • Feel Franklin’s shoulder. You should be able to detect the textured print in this area.
  • Check the blue security ribbon. This ribbon is 3-D so that when move the bill back and forth you can see the number 100 and tiny bells move from side-to-side as you move the bill around. This ribbon is woven into the paper, not pasted on. If the blue ribbon is peeling off the bill, then it’s fake.
  • Check for color-change ink. To the left of the notes serial number you will find a large copper-colored inkwell. The bell inside the inkwell should change color from copper to green as you look at the bill from different angles (the numeral 100 beside the inkwell should also change color).

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