As the amount of counterfeit cash circulating in the country increases, it's worthwhile to take a moment and check your currency to ensure it is legal tender.

The Secret Service offers these pointers:

-- the presidential portrait on the bill should be lifelike and not blend into the background;

-- the jagged border of the Federal Reserve and Treasury seals should be sharp and clear;

-- serial numbers should be evenly spaced and printed in the same ink color as the Treasury Seal.

Authentic currency paper is embedded with tiny red and blue fibers.


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