Remove Fake Currency Before Returning Printer

fakeIn case you missed it, Jarad Carr was recently arrested after returning a printer with a sheet of fake hundred inside. I hope everyone has learned a lesson from this incident: remove all counterfeit currency before returning your printer.

The more unbelievable part of this story is that someone thought they could counterfeit $100 bills on a home inkjet printer. Here are the security features on a $100 bill:

  1. A security thread running from top to bottom with USA100 printed on it. In a black light, the security thread will glow pink.
  2. A watermark with a portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
  3. Color shifting inks when the bill is tilted.
  4. Microprinting of “the United States of America” on the lapel of Benjamin Franklins jacket.

I’m sure there are many other features that I haven’t listed.

Clearly, producing anything more than a bad counterfeit clearly requires a lot more than a  home printer.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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