This is another reason to avoid $100 bills. Even if they aren't counterfeit, you may still experience a lot of hassles. The Consumerist reported
the problems a Massachusetts man first experienced:
WBZ-TV in Boston spoke to the man who said he cashed his paycheck at Sovereign Bank on Saturday and pocketed the $1,800 in cash as well as a receipt.
Then he took his business to Citizens Bank where he has an account and tried to deposit the money. That was a no-go, after the teller said 14 of his bills were counterfeit. He claims those are the same exact $100s he got from Sovereign Bank, so he shouldn’t be held at fault.
It turns out those $100s weren't counterfeit. The Consumerist has a new report
a rep for Sovereign reached out to Consumerist to say that federal investigators had checked out the 14 $100 bills and verified that they were the real deal.
I did not know that the counterfeit detector tools that banks use could give this many false positives.