The Midland Police Department has seen an increase in the circulation of counterfeit currency throughout the city and is encouraging business owners to learn when they've encountered it.
Since December 2014, MPD has received numerous reports of fake bills being used by patrons at small businesses. The counterfeit money includes mostly five and ten dollar bills, with reports of some larger bills. The suspects appear to be targeting businesses such as convenience stores, laundromats and car washes.
There are several security features on U.S. currency that business owners and individuals can become familiar with before accepting cash. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Treasury's website. MPD reminds business owners that counterfeit marking pens are not 100 percent accurate.
Any individuals who believe they've received counterfeit money can contact MPD at 432-685-7108 to verify the authenticity of the bills. ###
Media Contact: White Collar Crimes Sgt. Chris Lummus