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Increase in counterfeit money being passed
The Ocala Police department wants to warn local businesses and citizens to be aware of increased counterfeit bills being circulated within the community.
The Ocala Police department wants to warn local businesses and citizens to be aware of increased counterfeit bills being circulated within the community. The Ocala Police Department has received 7 incidents of counterfeit money being passed to local businesses this month. Prior to this month we received 33 reports involving counterfeit money, within a three month period. Ocala Police fraud expert, Detective Steve Thibodeau urges business to closely exam currency for indicators of counterfeiting. You do not have to accept suspected counterfeit money and should call the police if you suspect someone is attempting to pass counterfeit money. If you suspect the currency is counterfeit attempt to get as much information as possible from the individual passing the money, and call the police. The most common denominations have been one hundred dollar bills, fifty dollar bills, and twenty dollar bills.

We encourage businesses to train their employees on what to look for to avoid accepting counterfeit money at their establishments. The best source of information about what to look for can be found on the Governments Secret Service website:

http://www.secretservice.gov/money_detect.shtml

The Ocala Police Department is committed to arrest anyone involved in manufacturing or passing of counterfeit money. Anyone with information about counterfeiting is encouraged to call the Ocala Police Department, or you can remain anonymous by calling CrimeStoppers at 352-368-STOP ( 7867 ).


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