Created: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 06:08:00 MST
Updated: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:53:08 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Grand Junction Police Department is warning the public to give their money and extra look the next time they exchange cash
Officials say in the last month there have been a dozen reports of counterfeit money being used in the city
Businesses that have been hit the hardest are convenience stores and fast food chains; other stores have been hit as well
Most of the counterfeit money is in the form of $10 Bills. Authorities have also collected fake $5, $20 and $100 Bills.
There are certain techniques used to help identify counterfeit bills.
"The first thing that you’re going to want to do is feel the paper. Is it the same weight as the other bills in your wallet? Is it thicker or thinner? That type of thing. The color might be a little bit off if it’s a counterfeit bill, or the size might be a little different than the other bills in your wallet,” said Kate Porras, police information coordinator for the Grand Junction Police Department.
Other tips to look for:
- Bills that do not have security strips in them.
- Watermarks that are missing (look for president’s face in a watermark when you hold it up to the light)
- Bills that do not have the color-shifting ink on the denomination numbers on the corner.
If you have any information about suspects who are intentionally passing fake bills, please call (970)242-6707 or crime stoppers at (970)241-7867.