Chicago CBP Seizes $1.6M in Counterfeit Currency

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Chicago’s International Mail Facility (IMF) have been counting a lot of money, counterfeit money, in different denominations that have been seized from parcels coming into the U.S. In the past three months, officers have seized more than 100 shipments of counterfeit currency totaling more than $1.64 million. Daily officers at the IMF inspect packages arriving from various locations, and while some of these are stateside addresses, 20 percent of all international mail is funneled through the IMF at O’Hare. From Jan 1 to March 31, officers seized 80 shipments of counterfeit currency, 24 shipments containing fake silver dollars and five shipments containing counterfeit foreign currency. In the past two weeks CBP officers have made 31 counterfeit currency seizures totaling over $423,000 The counterfeit currency is seized under Counterfeit U.S. Currency, Coins or Government Securities. Visit the United States Secret Service’s website for detailed information. Both consumers and retailers can protect themselves from inadvertently receiving counterfeit currency by quickly glancing at the note.

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