Counterfeit money is making its way through the Wiregrass.
Local authorities are telling business owners to be vigilant for bogus bucks.
“Before we were mostly getting the $20 bills but here within the last week we started getting the $100 bill counterfeits,”
Chief Jim Stanley with the Ashford Police Department says the funny money is going undetected by many local business owners.
“Most of which we got here lately is being caught by banks that are checking their night deposits from their local merchants,” says Chief Stanley.
Chief Stanley believes people who are purposefully passing the fake cash are targeting specific businesses.
“What we're seeing, the type of the merchants that they're hitting is the fast-paced merchants…the lady just being busy just go ahead complete the transaction without giving a closer look,”
It's not just businesses being affected by this type of crime.
“It's really bad when an individual is caught with it unbeknown to them and all the sudden now they're out 100 bucks.”
Geneva resident Tina Swinton is a victim of counterfeit money.
"She held it up, marked it and said ma'am this is counterfeit,"
She received a counterfeit $100 bill from her bank.
"I’m disappointed in the bank, I’m disappointed because this should be they're responsibility,"
Authorities want to warn citizens about the problem and prevent them from becoming a victim.
“We’re trying to get the word out to local merchants and everybody to slow down a little bit when making these cash transactions. It only takes a few seconds rather than get caught with a 100 dollar bill and you out a hundred bucks and you don't know where you got it at,” added Chief Stanley.
Authorities advise that if the currency seems suspicious, check for the imbedded security seal that's woven into the bill.
Also, you can check the cash with a counterfeit detection pen which can be purchased from any office supply store.
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