CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Businesses in Corvallis and Western Oregon are keeping their eye out for counterfeit cash as the holiday shopping season kicks off.
On Monday, The Corvallis Police Department said they arrested 34-year-old Audrey Tyler for allegedly attempting to use a fake 100 dollar bill at the Corvallis Goodwill Store and Donation Center. She was charged with first-degree forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument. Haley Smith manages My Campus Closet in downtown Corvallis and she was shocked to hear from police someone tried to scam Goodwill.
"That's so sad, that's horrible, that's not Christmas," Smith said.
According to the United States Department of Treasury, it's estimated $70 million in fake bills are in circulation. The bill faked the most is the $100 bill, according to the Federal Reserve.
Alex Jones, manager of Restyle Home Garden and Gifts, said Last holiday season, she saw customers trying to scam her business.
"Somebody was going around, there were actually a couple, and they would come to different stores and they would try and get change or they would use counterfeit money," Jones said.
Smith said she echoed the same experience.
"A gentlemen had printed 50's and so after a while, all of these businesses started reporting to the Corvallis Police Department so they were able to make a pattern of what was going on," Smith said.
Jones said when people try to use fake money at small businesses like hers, it hurts them more than a bigger retailor.
"When we try to take it to the bank and it doesn't work then all of a sudden were out $50 and $50 worth of product," Jones said.