WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) — Counterfeit bills are on the rise and local businesses are feeling the impact.
"We ended up losing 200 hundred dollars due to counterfeit money,” said Blooms and Petals owner Paula Davis.
Local business owner Paula Davis knows firsthand why noticing a counterfeit bill is so important.
"I had gone to the bank to do a deposit,” said Davis. “The teller pointed out to me that she felt there was something wrong with it. They inspected it and found out that it was indeed counterfeit"
Paula thought she was doing everything right in order to prevent this from happening.
"The newer counterfeit bills that are coming out are harder to detect,” said Davis. “Even with the pens and things like that. Which we were using one"
SGT. Matt Gard of the Lafayette police department says not all counterfeit money is convincing. There are other ways counterfeiters can fool a business.
"We've been seeing quite a bit of this type of currency going around with the Chinese or the mandarin print on it,” said Gard. “That's obviously counterfeit. If it looks real, I mean if you just look at it. I mean if somebody's just handing you couple hundred dollar bills and they are covering up those letters you might not see it"
It may seem like someone would see the lettering in a different language. But there's a way around that too.
"They can take a real bill. Put it on top and put it on the bottom,” said Gard. “So if you look at it you'll see a real US bill right there on top. But mixed in the stack might be some of these counterfeit bills”
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