Counterfeit bills reported at Columbia businesses

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 | 6:10 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Nineteen reports of counterfeit bills have been filed by local businesses since the beginning of the year, according to an announcement on the Columbia Police Department's website.

Most of the counterfeit bills were twenties and were used at fast-food restaurants and convenience stores, including:

  • Missouri Credit Union
  • Premier Bank
  • Burger King
  • Fast Lane
  • Bee Line Convenience Store
  • McDonald's
  • Break Time
  • Daniel Boone City Building
  • Taco Bell
  • Casey's
  • Patricia's IGA
  • Gerbes
  • Domino's

The release stated merchants should not rely on serial numbers to spot counterfeit bills. A counterfeit pen can help in detection but will not detect real bills that have been changed to a higher denomination.

Information on the security features of various denominations of money can be found at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing website.

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