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SBPD seeing uptick in counterfeit cash reports

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Have you taken a good look at your money lately?

The South Bend Police Department is seeing an uptick in counterfeit bill reports.

In July alone, there were 14 cases reported, which is a lot more than normal.

No arrests have been made and now officers want to make sure you know what to look for!

The South Bend Police Department has gotten reports of counterfeit bills of several denominations, including $20s, $50s, and $100s.

Captain Phil Trent says some of the fakes are simply printed on resume paper from an ordinary printer.

Other counterfeit bills were once real bills in smaller denominations, but bleached and reprinted as a pricier bill.

Police say in most cases, consumers are handing the bills over to cashiers, who just accept them. Then the business is stuck footing the bill.

"The bank will say, 'You have two fake 20s in this deposit of several thousand dollars.' And then they're just out the two phony 20s," says Trent.

Police say there are a number of things employers can train their cashiers to look for, like the water mark and security thread.

Trent says, "You have to make sure the water mark matches the President that's on the bill and you have to make sure that security thread, which says the denomination, it'll spell out 5, 10, 20, 50, 100."

The police department encourages employers to have their staff take a look at the secret services website, which has details on what to look for when handling money.

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