Newport businesses catching counterfeit cash

Newport businesses catching counterfeit cash

Businesses can use a machine like this to detect counterfeit bills. Businesses can use a machine like this to detect counterfeit bills.

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NEWPORT (WATE) – Police in Newport are warning the public to watch out for counterfeit cash after three businesses there reported getting fake bills.

"It looked like a normal $10 bill, but there was something about the feel of it. It did not feel right," explained Pamela Moore Hefner from Brock's Open Air Market.

At Brock's, every note goes through a counterfeit money machine, which is how they caught the fake cash.

"We had a regular customer come in, and he brought in a $10 bill to purchase his lunch. He buys a sub every day. When we put it through our counterfeit machine, and it came back bad," Hefner said.

The customer told them he'd been handed the note from another local business. Newport Police say they've had similar reports from their Walmart and Time Out Travel Center.

"The first few passed were $20 bills, and over this weekend we had a couple $10 passed," said Newport Police Chief Maurice Schults.

In a holiday rush, and without a counterfeit machine or pen, the bills could make their way into some registers.

"The bills are quality correct when you look at them. The paper quality though is terrible," Schults explained.

As a customer, if you are handed a bill that feels fake, remember you have the right to hand it back and ask for another one.

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