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Police issue money warning

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Brazil City Police Chief Larry Pierce
Officials are urging local business owners with drive-thru windows to beef up security measures after counterfeit money turned up at a couple of local businesses.

"We have people contact the police department all the time to check for counterfeit money," Brazil City Police Chief Larry Pierce told The Brazil Times about recent "funny money" discovered. "Over the past three to four months we have had a couple of counterfeit $20 bills turn up at businesses. Now we have counterfeit $10 bills out there trying to be passed off. These aren't old bills. They are the newer bills, which are supposed to be unable to copy."

Pierce understands the hectic nature of working drive-thru might cause a cashier to not check a bill as closely as they should, which makes them a potential target for people trying to use the counterfeit money.

"Business owners should take some extra precautionary measures, tell their cashiers to take a second look at the money they are handling," Pierce said. "These bills look really good at a quick glance, but upon closer inspection, you can tell they aren't real."

Pierce said the bills don't feel like the new currency printed on "rag paper" with the red, white and blue threads in the bills. Nor do they have the security strips embedded in the bills and often have rough, jagged edges that look like they may have been cut with household scissors.

Pierce said business owners and customers should pay attention to their money.

"We don't have any real good leads at this time," Pierce said about the ongoing investigation. "This is mainly occurring at businesses with drive-thru windows. It would be nice if we could get a description of the person doing this, the description of their vehicle or license plate."

To report information on this case, or any other, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.

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I very rarely have cash on me, I prefer using my ATM debit/credit card. I'm glad they posted this, though, we all need to be aware of scam artists like these.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Mar 25, 2011, at 11:41 AM

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