Police warn businesses to watch out for counterfeit money

Scammers have even started using movie money, and buying fakes online.

Posted: Jan 3, 2018 6:31 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore.-- Fake money is making the rounds in Springfield, accoring to police. 

They said it's something they continue to see, but there are ways you can protect yourself from getting scammed.

First, some of the fake money has Chinese symbols imprinted, so look out for those. Other counterfeit bills are being printed on regular paper, so if the bill feels fake, it's best not to accept it. You should also watch out for repeat serial numbers. KEZI spoke to a detective with Springfield Police who explained why. 

"Look at the serial number. So if someone is going to purchase something that's say, 200 dollars... And they give you ten 20 dollar bills, look at the serial numbers make sure they're not the same because a lot of people counter fitting money don't have a lot of individually numbered bills to print off. So, they'll take one bill with one serial number and make a bunch of copies of it," Tony Delcastillo said. 

If you're a business owner and it happens to you, he says not to confront the person, as they could be dangerous. He recommends keeping the bill, writing down a description of the person, and calling police right away.

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