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A friend of mine says she can tell counterfeit bills by the way they feel. Is this possible?

Do counterfeit bills really feel different from valid bills? Some people claim they can spot a fake just by handling it.


10 Things You Should Never Buy Online

 10 Things You Should Never Buy Online

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10 Online Scams That Target Small Businesses

 10 Online Scams That Target Small Businesses

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How Wine Fraud Works

 How Wine Fraud Works

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Does a smartphone raise your risk of identity theft?

 Does a smartphone raise your risk of identity theft?

Does a smartphone raise your risk of identity theft? Learn why and how to protect yourself from HowStuffWorks. See more »

Is there an easy way to spot money-making scams?

 Is there an easy way to spot money-making scams?

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10 Recession Era Scams

 10 Recession Era Scams

These recession-era scams took advantage of people during a poor economic climate. Learn about 10 recession-era scams at HowStuffWorks. See more »

ATM Skimming Quiz

 ATM Skimming Quiz

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How does ATM skimming work?

 How does ATM skimming work?

ATM skimming is on the rise. Find out how ATM skimming works in this article by HowStuffWorks.com. See more »

5 Successful Counterfeiters

 5 Successful Counterfeiters

Successful counterfeiters are becoming more and more rare. Read the tales of some of the most famous and successful counterfeiters ever caught. See more »

How Ponzi Schemes Work

 How Ponzi Schemes Work

A Ponzi scheme is a carefully orchestrated financial scam that's completely illegal. Learn how Ponzi schemes begin and how scammers generate big money. See more »