PENINSULA - The Peninsula Visitors Bureau recently received an alert regarding a series of counterfeit bills. These surfaced down the coast where merchants in Newport and Depot Bay, Ore., received counterfeit $100 bills during the Fourth of July weekend.

The bill was good quality, the paper was kind of slick, slightly yellow and the serial number was printed with tighter spacing and a slightly different font. It is difficult to tell that it is phony, unless you compare it to another bill.

There are additional tools for identifying phony money. This would be a good time for everyone to review the characteristics of U.S. currency. Log onto (http://tinyurl.com/24np3d). This site has an educational section on currency.

And don't forget that Jerry Phillips, risk manager for The Bank of the Pacific, has offered to talk with anyone who has specific issues in this regard. You may contact him at: (jphillips@thebankofpacific.com) or 642-1088. In addition, The Bank of the Pacific can provide brochures on counterfeit money.

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