Counterfeit money: How to protect yourself

Store manager Cody Hodges shows what he looks for when checking for counterfeit money.
Store manager Cody Hodges shows what he looks for when checking for counterfeit money.

By Ben Wolf - email | bio

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Would you know fake money if you saw it?  Perhaps not.  A counterfeit $100 bill slipped through the cracks at an Ark-La-Tex gas station.

At Cody Hodges' Bossier City gas station, money changes hands in the blink of an eye.

"When you see so much money a lot of times you can tell it's fake right when you touch it," said gas station owner Cody Hodges.

Hodges has caught people passing counterfeit money at another gas station he worked for in Arkansas.

"Those people that I caught passing counterfeit money actually got felony offenses on their records because of it," said Hodges.

On Saturday, someone managed to pass a counterfeit 100 dollar bill to one of Hodges' clerks.  The bank noticed it after they deposited the money over the weekend.

Bossier City Police tell KSLA News 12 it's near impossible to crack the case unless they know who passed the bill. That's why it's important for the public to know exactly what to look for.

When Hodges accepts money at the cash register, the first thing he does is he feels the bill, and then he'll mark it with a counterfeit pen and finally throw the bill up to the light.

"Look through the bill, look for the stripe, make sure it says $100, look at the opposite side, and make sure next to that President's face, there is a watermark right there," he said pointing at the bill.

Hodges says you can also tell if bills have the same serial number or smudges that look out of place.

"When they wash it, there's a little bit of ink there, they print the $100 and you see it right there," said the gas station owner.

Tina Anweiler has worked at the gas station for just the past eight months, but has already seen her fair share of counterfeit money.

"Maybe two weeks ago I had a kid, 16 or 17-years-old, brought in a $20. (It) marked black when I marked it with a marker. No watermarks. I said I can't take this.  He grabbed the money and took off," she said.

The United Secret Service provides detailed information about counterfeit money here: