What is Unmarked Money
The paper currency which consists of small-denomination banknotes that are ‘non-sequential’ – or ‘random serial numbers’ which can’t be resurfaced in the investigation.
In the movies of bank robberies, it is often heard that criminals ask for Unmarked Money or Unmarked Bills. They do it so that the stolen money does not resurface in any investigation that could harm them, since this money have the same characteristics as a recently printed money, so the authorities could not know where it has been spent and where the criminals have fled.
Unmarked bills carry serial numbers, as marked money but In Unmarked Bill, numbers are not sequential. Because of this, it is not possible for someone to trace the money by writing the serial number of the first and last banknotes. For this reason, Unmarked bills do not have distinctive marks, such as a word or a line printed on them.
What is Marked Bill
The police can use marked bills in order to link the people in possession of those bills to a crime. For example, they suspect that someone robbed bank which had some marked bills. They get a warrant to search house and find a large duffel bag full of money.
Also it varies depending by state/country/region but most places have laws that require banks to do paperwork and file it with the government whenever they receive large deposits of cash. So if you made a deposit in Bank B the day after you robbed Bank A then it would flag the authorities to go and examine money. If they find the marked bills and robbers will get arrested.
Difference between unmarked money and marked money
Unmarked money does not always look different than Marked money, so it’s hard to tell the difference. The marking elements are usually invisible ink stamps, hidden words, printed lines, luminescent marks and stamps that go unnoticed by the common eye. Although the implementation of this measure may seem coherent and effective, the marking of money does not occur in all countries, there are even somewhere the laws do not allow it.
For example, in Peru exchange agencies include a buffer that distinguishes real from false banknotes, thus allowing citizens who receive money without this stamp to show who gave them the counterfeit currency, and then they can receive a bill from exchange legally.
Different methods for Marking Money
There are several ways in which a bill can be marked. They can be sequential serial numbers. So in a stack, the first bill can have a serial number that ends in five, the next one that ends in six, and so on. What makes this money is that someone has taken note of the serial numbers of the beginning and end, however, this method is the least effective. When money is marked, there is no physical mark on it simple method is to record the dates and serial numbers from the money, so it can be identified. Marking a series of non-consecutive $10 and $20 bills to hand over in case of a robbery, to assist the police in tracking down the criminal. Unmarked bills are those that you have not recorded and that can be used for regular transactions.
Other ways to mark money include making a mark on the bills. For example, a bill can say “Test” on it or simply have a line through it. The purpose of “marking” money is to trace it. Often, law enforcement agencies provide criminals with marked money to track how money is used, or in which hands it ends.
For example, the bank robber got marked bills before disappearing hours later. If those bills were to appear in another city, the forces of law could deduce that the criminal is probably in that place spending Money. Money marked with a special ink is also marked. What the police will do will be to track the cash and then make it unusable.
Another way to mark bills is through the use of ink pumps. Santander Bank of a Mexican city had placed this device in several of its ATM’s. As soon as the criminals tried to force their way into the cashier mechanism, an artefact was activated that split a liquid that stains the bills and also making an explosion that was heard in the area.
This anti-theft technology ensures that thieves cannot take the money, as it would be considered that those stained with this paint are marked and someone would have to denounce them as soon as they saw the money, while the invasive stain reduces their value.
How to know if your money is marked
The secret service and U.S. Treasury also offer these suggestions:
- Hold a bill up to a light and look for a holograph of the face image on the bill.
- Looking at the bill through a light will also reveal a thin vertical strip
- Color-shifting ink
- Security Thread
- Ultraviolet Glow
- Fine Line Printing Patterns
If you believe you have received a counterfeit bill, the U.S. Treasury advises you to do the following:
- Do not put yourself in danger.
- Do not return the bill to the passer.
- Delay the passer with some excuse, if possible.
- Observe the passer’s description – and their companions’ descriptions – and write down their vehicle license plate numbers if you can.
- Contact your local police department or call your local Secret Service office.
- Write your initials and date in the white border area of the suspected counterfeit note.
- Do not handle the counterfeit note. Place it inside a protective cover, a plastic bag, or envelope to protect it until you place it in the hands of an identified Secret Service Special Agent. You can also mail it to your nearest Secret Service office.