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Be on alert for counterfeit money

Lt. Esrael Silva, Hereford Police Department Lt. Esrael Silva, Hereford Police Department

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Hereford, Texas - An alert is being issued from Hereford Police... Counterfeit bills are circling the city and could show up in Amarillo very soon.

The counterfeiters are making $100 bills and spending them mostly at small businesses. Lt. Esrael Silva says, "if you look at it, it looks real. If you mark it, it's marking but about 5 or 10 seconds later, the mark is going away. So that's another way they can tell it's fake." 

Police are asking all store clerks to be on the lookout for the bills. The bank will not accept them and if you deposit them, the fake money will be taken out of your deposit, so you'll take the hit.

Authorities say the easiest way for store owners to protect themselves is to stop accepting $100 bills until the counterfeiters are caught.

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