Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Counterfeit cash is being passed at area businesses. Police are sending out a warning to stores and shops.
Investigators are seeing a spike in cases in some of the smaller Kansas towns as we get closer to the holidays.
Julie Miller at Century Fuels in Pratt knew immediately she was about to be taken. The woman handed her a fake $20 bill. Miller called the police.
In just the last two weeks, Pratt police have seen two cases of people trying to pass counterfeit cash in town. Detective Jeff Ward says the so-called “funny money” always surfaces during the holiday shopping season.
"It's just a numbers game,” he said. “Clerks are busy trying to get in and out and they just miss it.”
You can see just how authentic these fake $20 bills look compared to the real 20, and that's part of the problem. A lot of clerks and business owners aren't looking close enough to distinguish between the two.
There have also been recent cases of counterfeit cash being passed in Hutchinson, Emporia and southeast Kansas. Investigators are warning clerks during this busy time to keep a close eye on their money and check all the security features they’ve been trained to check.
Century Fuels is watching carefully.
“We're already out 60 bucks for it because of this,” Miller said.
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