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Counterfeit Bills in FM Area: What to Look For

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Cash! It all looks the same, so how do you know what's real and what's not? We took our questions to the streets.

I asked shoppers at a local shopping mart if they think that if someone passed a fake 20 dollar bill, if they would be able to tell the difference.

"No, I just don't really look that closely," says one woman.

"I don't know, I guess I never ran across that problem," says another shopper.  

It's a problem some businesses faced over the weekend. Moorehead police arrested this man - 24 year old Justin Goldstein who exchanged two counterfeit bills -- a 20 and 50 dollar bill -- with a Walgreens store clerk in Moorhead.

With funny money still out there, we sought out to see what the public looks for.

"I don't know what I would look for personally", says one man.

While another woman says, "I would look for smudged ink or something that seems a bit off kilter. Not the right paper."

Lieutenant Tory Jacobson of the Moorhead police department says the advance in technology is a big culprit in fraudulent business.

"I think with the improved technologies with the copy machine or improved printer, some people believe they can duplicate these dollar bills."  

As for businesses, Lieutenant Jacobson says what money handling employees should watch for during transactions.

"Usually they stand out pretty obvious. It's when actions are going fast. Like in this case the store clerk kind of realized the person was nervous about the transaction and that's what tipped him off."

Reality is some businesses do fall victim and Lieutenant Jacobson says they also take a loss.

But here are some things you can do to keep you ahead of the game. Feel the texture and compare it to others. Notice any missing details or discolorations-colorations and if you think you may have been duped contact your local police department.

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