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Columbia police warn businesses of counterfeit bills

Thursday, May 19, 2011 | 6:14 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Numerous counterfeit $20 bills have been reported to the Columbia Police Department by businesses across town in the past few days.

Columbia police are asking businesses to take more time checking bills' security features to detect counterfeits.

According to a police department news release, the three most important and easy-to-check security features on bills are the watermark, security thread and color-shifting ink. These security features have been used since the 1990s, according to the release.

Police are asking anyone with information about individuals who are counterfeiting money or those who have received counterfeit money to contact CrimeStoppers by calling 875-8477 or going to 875tips.com.

For more information about detecting counterfeit money, go to the Know Your Money page of the U.S. Secret Service website.


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