Fake $100 Note on Ebay

Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by Legomaster1, Jan 30, 2020.

  1. Legomaster1

    Legomaster1 Cointalk Patron

    I was browsing ebay, and came across this:

    It's obvious that this is a fake.

    Red flags:

    No.1 I-F block 1981 $100 notes don't exist

    No.2 Ink color is off

    No.3 Torn up and taped together, possibly to prevent verification of authenticity

    While it's good to report the listing, I also decided to post the link here for educational purposes- as there have been a couple of problems on other forums with determining authenticity of older-style banknotes.
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  3. Michael K

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  4. midas1

    midas1 Exalted Member

    Why would anybody bid on that piece of crap.
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  5. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Somebody will make a joking offer of $80, and be amazed and delighted when it's accepted.

    Then they'll get a bad surprise when they take it to the bank.
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  6. midas1

    midas1 Exalted Member

    Why would the seller risk a visit from the Secret Service for a few bucks? Idiot.
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  7. lettow

    lettow Senior Member

    The seller is in Romania.
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  8. midas1

    midas1 Exalted Member

    Oh, that explains it
  9. LaCointessa

    LaCointessa Well-Known Member


    Seller doesn't have ANY selling history....Pffffttt...
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    LaCointessa Well-Known Member

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  11. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Maybe EBay will take it down.
    You don't want to be in a profitable relationship with someone selling
    counterfeit currency. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse.
    EBay needs to be held accountable for promoting dark web sales.
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  12. mpcusa

    mpcusa "Official C.T. TROLL SWEEPER"

    The note is worse then bad, and why would anyone consider bidding on that
    real or not...LOL
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  14. SteveInTampa

    SteveInTampa Always Learning

    I sent a simple message to the seller; Your note is counterfeit.

    Sellers reply; Thanks for the message, I will withdraw the banknote from the auction, have a wonderful day!
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  15. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Seller did end the auction. Fortunately no bids.
    While I don't expect EBay to "police" every single listing,
    in certain categories, they need to at least do some sampling of listings
    to try to weed these things out, or at least respond to serious fraud/counterfeit charges when someone reports a listing. I don't think they do any of these things.
  16. mpcusa

    mpcusa "Official C.T. TROLL SWEEPER"

    The problem, they would rather have a paid listing then go the extra mile :(
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  17. HoledandCreative

    HoledandCreative Active Member

    Seller says it is 1977, not 1981. Note looks like it has been through laundry cycles. Looks real to me.
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  18. mpcusa

    mpcusa "Official C.T. TROLL SWEEPER"

    Where,s the value...LOL
  19. SteveInTampa

    SteveInTampa Always Learning

    Just the serial number alone tells you it’s counterfeit.
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  20. HoledandCreative

    HoledandCreative Active Member

    How does it say counterfeit? Teach me something.
  21. SteveInTampa

    SteveInTampa Always Learning

    This website lists the districts and serial numbers printed for any given series and denomination. The signatures, Buchanan/Regan, make it a series 1981. 1981 $100 Minneapolis notes never got past block I-A. So a $100 note with a serial number with block I-F just never happened. Look for yourself.

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