ATHENS, Texas (KETK) – The Athens Police Department is warning local businesses after they discovered counterfeit money has been used lately.
Officers said all businesses should be on alert.
“On Sunday, I found that a customer gave me 1,300 in counterfeit money,” said Destini Kennedy, the manager of Scorpion Smoke Shop.
The company has also invested in a high-tech money counter that can detect fake bills.
“Possession of ‘play’ money is not necessarily illegal. But, when you do take that and pass it off as real cash, it becomes a criminal offense,” said Athens Police Chief, John Densmore.
He added, the most important thing people can do, when dealing with counterfeit cash, is pay attention.
“The first thing you can do is by touch. The cash should feel a little rough to your fingers. Tilt the money to look for the water markers and the lines within the paper. Also, look at the bottom right corner, and it should turn copper,” said Densmore.
Police also said East Texans can use a light to check out the money. Hold the note to the light to check that the watermark and security thread are visible from the front and the back of the note.