HIGH POINT—Counterfeit cash has found its way into the registers of more than a dozen High Point stores. Police say it is part of a recent rise of fake money cases.
Detective Richy Jones, of the Financial Crimes Unit, said investigators are trying to figure out where the funny money is coming from.
He said fake $20 and $100 bills are circulating the city.
“When you look at these at face value, you might say that looks good but when you look at the security features that the treasury department puts on there, they're not there," said Jones.
He said an easy way to check the bill is to tilt it and make sure the copper numbers change colors. It is one of many quick tests.
"The watermark should be the same president as you see on the face of he bill and to the left you can see the security thread," said Jones.
Jones said if you find yourself in the checkout line with fake bills then give the police a call.
"Tell the police where you got it because we have to start once we get the counterfeit bill, from that location and it may have touched two or three hands," said Jones.
Jones said the public, like stores, need to keep a close eye on the bill that they pick up.
"Be cautious when you go into a store, or even the retailers," said Jones. "Be cautious of the money that you're looking at. The security features are there, we need to use those."
Anyone with any information on the counterfeiting, police are asking the public to call High Point Crime Stoppers at 336-889-4000.