Thousands of fake bills locally, and millions nationally, are flooded into the economy by counterfeiters each year, causing problems for businesses and banks, authorities say.
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What to do if you suspect a counterfeit bill
• Keep the bill from the passer
• Delay the passer by some excuse, if possible, without putting yourself in danger
• Contact police
• Observe description of passer and passer’s vehicle
• Handle the bill carefully to preserve fingerprint evidence
• Write your initials and the date on an unprinted edge on the front of the bill, place it in an envelope and surrender it only to the police or U.S. Secret Service
Source: U.S. Secret Service
After learning of several recent instances of counterfeit money being passed at local businesses, the Dayton Daily News dug deeper, looking at how new technology has changed the game, both for counterfeiters and law enforcement. The Dayton Daily News is committed to writing public safety stories for our readers.