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Counterfeit bill ends up in West Lafayette business

A West Lafayette business fell victim to counterfeiting this week.

Posted: Jul. 13, 2018 10:35 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A counterfeit bill ended up in West Lafayette business this week.

On July 10 Discount Den, located in Chauncey Hill mall, found a fake $100 Bill. A customer used the bill to make a purchase, however that purchase totaled less than $25.


The Discount Den turned the bill over to a local bank. West Lafayette police then collected the bill and recorded the serial number.
Lt. Jonathan Eager said this was an isolated incident and added that counterfeiters are using the washing technique to try to fool the merchant.


"If somebody is using the washing technique where they wash a smaller bill and create a larger bill, they're actually using real currency so the pen is not going to detect necessarily," said Lt. Eager.


According to Eager, using the pen is a great way to find fake bills, but also look for security features such as holograms and security tape.

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