Many businesses are finding counterfeit bills when they cash in at the bank, but what's scary to think is those bills could have been given to you.
Depositing money into your account may seem like fun unless you realize what you're putting in is fake. Some businesses in Ozark have recently been on the loosing end of cashing in, thanks to some circulating counterfeit money.
"We have found three counterfeit bills in three separate merchant deposits,” said Ann Dora Garner, vice president and cashier for the Commercial Bank of Ozark.
“For the past six months a lot of those bills passed, but we’ve seen a dramatic rise during the holiday shopping season," said Chief Tony Spivey with Ozark Police.
But should you be worried about using cash? Police say no more than usual, but there are ways to protect yourself from receiving funny money just by looking closely.
“Brand new bills, very crisp, bills. Those are the ones to be aware of,” said Spivey.
"Most merchants have a pen they can mark the money with. They can tell from the color being marked on the money if it is counterfeit," said Garner.
If you want more information on how to check your money, go to secretservice.gov and click on the "Know Your Money" link. It will give you more information on how to "detect counterfeit money."
Keep in mind this holiday season when you are spending the bigger bills on gifts you may want to double check your change.
The police have made some arrests, but haven't released any information regarding the case. They are now working with the Secret Service to bring all to justice.
If you suspect you have a counterfeit bill, police say turn it in immediately.