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A number of counterfeit $20 and $100 bills have made their way into the tills of Columbus area businesses.
Lt. Matt Myers with the Columbus Police Department says they have received about a dozen calls about this problem in the past week. He says the city sees a few of these fake bills at various times throughout the year.
“It‘s not uncommon to have cycles like this, but my main goal here is to make sure people know what to look for when it comes to counterfeit currency,” he says.
Myers said this recent rash has bank employees telling police that these fakes are the most genuine-looking counterfeits they have ever seen.
“One of the banks that reported this made a comment that this was one of the most deceptive counterfeit $100 bills they have seen come through their bank,” Myers says. “So that tells you that these counterfeit bills are very good in quality and the people that are making them are getting good.”
Columbus police are urging businesses, their employees and anyone else who regular handles money to learn about the differences between genuine U.S. currency and the counterfeits produced by criminals.