A warning from Appleton Police after several counterfeit bills were passed in the city over the weekend. Police say the first complaints came in on Friday night and then another one on Saturday.
According to police three different businesses in the city, a retailer, a tavern, and a convenience store all reported the fake 20-dollar bills were in their tills at the end of the day.
"It appears that counterfeit $20 bills were passed at three establishments on Friday sometime between late afternoon and late hours of Friday evening," says Sgt. Dave Lund from the Appleton Police Department.
Sgt. Lund says the officers who investigated the phony cash knew almost immediately the 20's were fake.
Says Lund, "It is of the wrong size. The security strips are missing, watermarks are missing. It doesn't have the fibers that you would normally see in a bill."
Counterfeit cash is nothing new to the area, although Dave Lund says it pops up more around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. That's why the Appleton PD is warning businesses in the city to be on the lookout for the counterfeit cash and to take the proper steps to make sure it doesn't up in their registers.
Sgt. Lund suggests, "Whether it's using a currency marker to mark the bill to see that the paper is correct or just taking a better look at a bill."
Both measures business owners say they will start to take into account to avoid being a victim.
"I'll check all of them probably, probably even the 10's," say Kathy Johnson from Time on Our Hands Craft Store.
Add Pat Murray from Murray Photo and Video, "We'll certainly be on the lookout and we'll let our employees know to kind of look at those twenties before we take them."
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