How to hide cash( with plastic strip) from the highway patrol scanners? (Will film shield work?)Also, is it illegal to remove the plastic strip? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

I heard from a reliable Y2K source that the Government has scanners that can detect your new money up to 5 miles away. A lady friend told me she got stopped by a Highway patrol for speeding. The officer asked her at the end,"Why are you carrying so much cash?" "How did you know?", Then he said something like "Well, we got scanner.." Another friend who is into earthquake preparedness confirm to me such technology. Does anyone has a friend who is an officer who can confirm this? Does the new airport X-ray scanners detect money besides dangerous stuff?

My concern is that a lot of us thinking our money is safe with us may end up gettintg questioned or worse for hoarding cash at roadblocks. I was told to try wrapping cash with lots of newspaper. There is lead in the paper. Not sure if you know anything better? I was told that the film shield (pouches) sold in camera stores may do the job. It makes sense. There are the old and newer models running from $20's to $40's, depending on size. Will anyone be able to do an experiment if your Highway patrol friend will be able to scan cash placed in such a pouch? Please reply on this thread so we can learn the latest.

Do not keep the new $100 bills, even most $20's have the plastic strip. Hold it up in the light. Is it illegal to remove the strip as some do? That's very impractical and tedious. Someone said without the strip, your money may be worthless? Any truth to this? The latest radical idea by the Fed to put electronic tracking devicein future money shows they are working to deter "hoarding" of cash for Y2K. What if they pass a law mandating all money to be turned in to exchange for new money? What's the probability?

-- Ray (, October 28, 1999


More urban legend. It's a plastic strip and can't be detected.

Get over it.

-- LM (, October 28, 1999.

I keep mine covered with the brim of my TinFoil Baseball Cap.

-- Porky (Porky@in.cellblockD), October 28, 1999.


If it can't be detected, why did they put in this strip? I have pulled out this stip by hand and it is silver with a metallic plastic look. Most people know it was to deter counterfeitintg of money. How then do they detect counterfeit money? How do they detect smugglers at the airport? If it's not scanners, then what do they use? I don't have better answers to Ray's good questions.

-- Jim (, October 28, 1999.

Hey Debunkers. Look at this thread. Was there any doubt about the escalating paranoia of these kooks?

Oh my. Only on the Internet can you come across freaks like this.

-- You Knowwho (, October 28, 1999.


Note to self: purchase several buckets of roofing tar, and half a dozen feather pillows.


-- Liberty (, October 28, 1999.

Not a problem. Afraid you got hooked on this one.

Oh well. It happens.


Don't bother stripping the new dollars - defacing cash will get you in trouble. Scanners can't do the job your talking about.


Yes, a federal reserve VP was writing about what he wanted to do in the future - but it can't happen now - nor for many years.

Very troubling even that they hire, promote, and keep somebody who thinks like this - but that's the Clintons' administration for you.

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Marietta, GA) (, October 28, 1999.

Hey Debunkers. Look at this thread. Was there any doubt about the escalating paranoia of these kooks?

Oh my. Only on the Internet can you come across freaks like this.

-- You Knowwho (, October 28, 1999.

And if you had heard (without a credible link) that the .gov was talking about a hi-tech plan to tax cash held for too long, you would think it was paranoid talk too. We all know who the freak is here....

-- Amused (laughing@debunkie.freaks), October 28, 1999.

Youknowwho (Y2KPro???)- read yesterday's thread intro:

Not a joke...,1283,32121,00.html No Deposit, Less Return by Declan McCullagh

3:00 a.m. 27.Oct.99.PDT WASHINGTON -- US currency should include tracking devices that let the government tax private possession of dollar bills, a Federal Reserve official says.

The longer you hold currency without depositing it in a bank account, the less that cash will be worth, according to a proposal from Marvin Goodfriend, a senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

In other words, greenbacks will get automatic expiration dates.

"The magnetic strip could visibly record when a bill was last withdrawn from the banking system. A carry tax could be deducted from each bill upon deposit according to how long the bill was in circulation," Goodfriend wrote in a recent presentation to a Federal Reserve System conference in Woodstock, Vermont.

The 34-page paper argues a carry tax will discourage "hoarding" currency, deter black market and criminal activities, and boost economic stability during deflationary periods when interest rates hover near zero.

It says new technology finally makes such a scheme feasible. "Systems would have to be put in place at banks and automatic teller machines to read bills, assess the carry tax, and stamp the bills 'current,'" the report recommends.

Goodfriend said in an interview that banks might place a kind of visible "date issued" stamp on each note they distributed. "The thing could actually stamp the date when the bill comes out of the ATM," he said.

-- Declan McCullagh (, October 27, 1999

-- Elaine Seavey (, October 28, 1999.

You Know Who/Y2k Dimwit Pro:

Please stop your stupid posts. You're making yourself look stupid again. You obviously don't know anything about this subject. But I admit that you are a very secure person. One has to be to make the stupid comments that you make on a regular basis.

-- You Know Who's Mama/Wife (, October 28, 1999.

To the polly morons:

Take new Big Face $20 bill. Hold up to light. See strip. Snip edge. Pull out. Look. See. Smell. Taste. Crinkle it up.

Is it real to you yet? Or do you have to watch it done on TV?

They can be scanned. The technology exists now. They were made to be scanned and counted and detected. Pre-meditated control.

-- Mr. Beam (reading@your.numbers), October 28, 1999.

At Fred's dept. Store I paid with a 20 dollar bill and the cashier ran a lazer type pencil over the bill. I asked what it was for and he said checking to see if it was real or not. I have contact with police so I will ask about the radar scanners.

-- Carol (, October 28, 1999.

Most hoarding of US dollars is done in foreign countries. So, the idea of dated money might make sense. Don't be so paranoid that it's to stop Americans from keeping money.

-- No (I@int.tellin), October 28, 1999.

Wrap your cash in tinfoil. That stops any scanner!

-- smitty (, October 28, 1999.

It may be possible to run a scanner over the bill and "read" encoded information deposited at the mint. I do not belive technology exists to detect the money (in a car consisting of a metallic alloy) by a device small enough to be transported within a police vehicle. Before anyone fires off an email debunking the above statement - I would suggest that you pick-up a text book on Signal Analysis and Antenna Theory and perform a "back of the envelope" calculation to determine the detector requirements (assuming that the strip has properties allowing for reflection of a electromagnetic wave). Even if one was to employ a superconducting front end on the detector - the resolution would still fall way short...Regards,

-- joe thomas (, October 28, 1999.


This should have been deleted or disregarded immediatly.

-- hamster (, October 28, 1999.

LM-In regard to the reference of the strip in paper currency being "plastic", I suggest you have a look at some audio or video tape and see what it looks like. That "plastic", is a magnetic substance because it has been treated to magnetically record data such as sound, video, ect.

-- (, October 28, 1999.

Only on the Internet can you find fooles like, well, you know who.

What are the odds that he's the one who posted the initial troll?

-- Ron Schwarz (, October 29, 1999.


There is nothing unusual in the bills, it is these new technology scanners that the cops can zap your car with. It hits the car with an intense blast of infrared radioactive microwaves that can pick up just about any material, and they can adjust it to see wads of money or guns or drugs or whatever they want. I don't think they are legal yet but some of the cops are already playing with them. Heard about one guy who claims that right after they pulled him over his dog just passed out and died on the seat right next to him. The vet said that every blood vessel in the dogs head had popped. Seems the cops must have turned up the microwaves too high but the guy can't prove it. He has also been having trouble remembering things like 2+2=4, his mother-in-law's name, and his social security number.

-- dapigs (, October 29, 1999.

It looks like the spirit of Lewis Carroll is alive and posting in this thread. :-)


-- Jerry B (, October 29, 1999.

Try taking the strip out then ruuning it across the head of an old VCR. If it is any type of magnetic medium, which I doubt it is, a strong magnetic field such as a large speaker magnet or a bulk audio tape eraser would render it useless.

-- John Que (, September 29, 2004.

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