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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
It Works fine.
on October 21, 2011
It works fine, does what it is supposed to. 99.9 percent of these pens will never touch a counterfeit bill. So if you want to prove that it does work, then get out Some White or Cream colored paper. Vellum, Construction, Printer Paper etc. See which paper it leaves a Black or Brown Mark on.
These pens are not magic, they work by mixing a iodine solution with the Pulp in paper made from wood to make a dark mark. Real Money is made from Cloth/Linen and Rice Pulp, not wood! So Iodine will not interact with real money. But you should try different papers and see if any will cause a false positive just so you know what to look for!
If all else fails, ask for a different bill. Most people have more than one bill in their wallet and are happy to switch out the suspect bill for another one.
The most often passed fake bills are not $50's and $100's but $10-20 bills, that can be handed over in stacks. A couple will be real, and a couple will be fake.
They are not trying to get cash back anymore, but rather get items for free, for personal use or resale. Being a informed person and this pen is all you need to protect yourself.
If you truly are concerned about the bill being suspect, tell the person the bill is suspicious, and that some has been floating around lately. Ask them to allow you to photo copy their Drivers License or Identification, or Copy the DL # If they believe the bills is real they will most likely hand it over, if they suddenly do not have it on them, well then that could be telling all on its own. Please be aware though that a Customers response will depend upon the situation. If you have a Brick and Mortar store, you will have more success with this. If you are a Flea Market Seller, you will get more refusals.
It is better to Turn down a sale like this , than it is accept the Money and take huge losses.
I also wanted to let people know about the newest form of Money Counterfeiting. Money Washing. Counterfeiters collect as many $1 bills as Possible and then Bleach the ink out of them. They then reprint them into higher denominations. Because they are printed on real Money, they pass the Pen Check! Even Banks have difficulty identifying these bills.
This is my personal opinion based upon my real life experiences. I do not work for the US Treasury, Bank or Law Enforcement Agency. I Run my own small Biz selling at Flea Markets and Directly to Other Stores. I handle Large amounts of Cash every weekend, and Ive Handled several Counterfeit Bills. 1 Was given to the stall owner next to me. 1 was given to the Concessions Stand And the last one was Given to a friend who runs a Taco Truck. After the fact I tested each fake bill with the pen, and sold the people a Counterfeit Bill Pen to save themselves future Thefts.