Federal Customs and Border Protection officers came across a rare counterfeit-money scam when they caught a man from Cameroon bringing $17,000 in bogus currency into Philadelphia International Airport recently.
The officers discovered three packs of "black notes," bound similarly to checkbooks, during a routine baggage examination July 16, an official said Thursday.
The notes appeared to be blank sheets of white paper, but under ultraviolet light, officers detected faint images resembling U.S. currency, officials said. There were three packets of paper, resembling checkbooks, one containing fake $100 bills, one with $50 bills, and one with $20 bills, officials said.
Steve Sapp, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said chemicals would be used to make the blank notes look like cash.