GJ police report rash of counterfeit bills

SPECIAL TO THE SENTINEL/Grand Junction Police Department—The $10 bill on the left is real, the bill on the right counterfeit. Grand Junction police say there has been increased reporting of counterfeit bills since Jan. 1, mainly by convenience stores and fast-food restaurants.


Are they fake?

■ Counterfeit bills may be slightly different sizes than legal money.

■ The paper may be too thick or too thin, or the wrong texture.

■ Counterfeit bills do not have security strips

■ Watermarks are missing. Look for the president’s face when you hold it to the light.

■ Fake bills do not have color-shifting ink on the denomination numbers on the corner.

— Grand Junction Police Department

All cash is not equal.

That’s the message the Grand Junction Police Department is sending, warning residents about an increase of counterfeit bills circulating in the area. In the new year, the department has received a dozen reports of counterfeit bills ranging in denominations from $5, $10, $20 and $100.

“That’s a lot for this time of year,” according Kate Porras, spokeswoman for the Grand Junction Police Department. “These incidences tend to come and go in waves.”

Fake bills tend to be passed during the warmer months, especially as yard sale season gets underway. Businesses that have received the current counterfeit bills tend to be fast-food restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations, Porras said.

Anyone who suspects they have taken a fake bill should get a good description of the person who passed it and a description of their vehicle and license plate number. They should keep the bill and call emergency dispatch at 242-6707 or Crime Stoppers, 241-7867.

The Police Department is also warning charitable groups that accept cash to be on the lookout for fake bills. One swipe with a counterfeit detector pen should do the trick. If the mark shows up, the bill is a fake.


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