The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, which brings heavy traffic and festival goers to the area, also brings counterfeit money.
During this past weekend, officers from the Brazil City Police and the Clay County Sheriff's departments took reports from area venders about someone trying to pass counterfeit $20 bills.
If someone accepts a counterfeit bill and is unable to identify the individual who passed it on to them, they will not be able to be legally compensated for their loss.
"These bills were really bad copies, and noticeable. But, during the festival, it is a perfect opportunity for people who do this to pass the bills while shopping then move fast and get lost in the crowds," Police Chief Terry Harrison said, urging people to use caution while handling money. "We usually hear of at least a couple of attempts by people trying to pass funny money each year."
The United States Treasury Department takes the problem of counterfeit money seriously and will federally prosecute counterfeiting cases, but, according to Harrison, individuals caught passing counterfeit money could also face local fraud and deception charges.
Harrison said one way to stop counterfeiters is to become more familiar with currency.
"Hold the bill up to the light and look for the security strip that runs through all the new bills," Harrison said, adding that a person needs to pay attention to the quality of the printing and paper. "It's always a good idea to use caution while handling money."
Law enforcement officials have materials that will help educate people on how to identify counterfeit money.
"If anyone has any questions, they can stop by the department to learn more," Harrison said.