Counterfeit money hitting Pampa

Pampa, TX - Counterfeit money circulating around the Texas Panhandle right now has recently hit Pampa.

In just two weeks Pampa has had nine reported cases of counterfeit bills.

The Pampa Police Department says that is a high number of cases in just a short period of time.

To make sure fewer Pampa residents and merchants become victims, the city hosted a seminar on how to check money, and what to do if you do come across fakes.

"If they have gotten the counterfeit bill obviously the first thing you do is call the police and let them know. If it's a merchant that suspects they've been handed a counterfeit bill and that the passer is still there, try to get a description of the person, you know don't raise a fuss, try to hold on to the bill if you can so they can continue to trace it that way," said Joe Weaver, the Executive Director of Pampa's Chamber of Commerce.

The U.S. Secret Services says the three best ways to detect if money is real or fake is by looking, To see if it has a security thread by holding it up to light, seeing if the number of the bill changes colors when you tilt it, and looking for a watermark.