Counterfeiting cases abound
By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — A series of counterfeit $50 and $100 bills have been passed in Wake Forest recently.
Three cases were reported at The Factory on South Main Street Saturday, at the Polar Ice House, Jumping Jojo’s and Tan Elegance, according to Wake Forest police reports.
But those weren’t the only locations. Counterfeit bills were also passed at Rose Mart, Main Street Grille, the North Main BP, CVS, Carolina Ale House and Walgreen’s, according to Wake Forest Police spokesman Bill Crabtree.
“The counterfeit currency is of high quality but can be detected if examined closely,” Crabtree said. “[It] has been used to purchase products and obtain real bills. There is no particular behavior to look out for, however, we are encouraging local businesses to carefully check all paper currency — especially $50 and $100 bills.”
Counterfeit detection pens are not as effective as becoming familiar with the security features on the currency, he added.
The investigation into these incidents is ongoing, but anyone who comes into contact with an individual attempting to pass a counterfeit note is urged to contact the police department at 919-554-6150.
Police ask that merchants, attempt to observe as much information as possible about that person, including his or her description, along with any companions, or vehicles used.
Business owners and their employees can educate themselves by reviewing the information provided at secretservice.gov/data/KnowYourMoney.pdf.