Lawton Police warn about counterfeit money - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Lawton Police warn about counterfeit money

(Source MGN) (Source MGN)

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) –The Lawton Police Department wants everyone to be aware of an increase in the amount of counterfeit money being passed around.

Since the beginning of the year, LPD has taken 22 reports involving counterfeit money. One of the most recent instance involved a man trying to buy three 1-liter bottles of Dr. Pepper with a food stamp card and a pack of cigarettes with a $50. The Stripes clerk told the man the bill was fake. He told her he wasn’t aware that it was fake and said, “I don't need the cigarettes then."

In 2016, there have been eight $100 bills, five $50 bills, nine $20 bills two $10 bills and 1 $5 bill. The $50 bills have all had the same serial number.

“Counterfeiters techniques are getting more complex and harder to spot. Many times if someone accepts a counterfeit bill, they end up bearing the burden of the loss. It will pay you in the long run to take the time to examine the bill,” said Det. Nancy Lombardo in an email.

Detective Lombardo says counterfeit money has the ink on the bill, rather than in the bill. So, one way to test for counterfeit cash is to lick your thumb and run it over the ink; if it smears…it’s bad, Other things to look out for includes the watermark, security thread and red and blue fibers mixed into the paper.

One other thing to keep in mind, counterfeit detector pens aren’t always 100 percent accurate.

Copyright 2016 KSWO. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • New Mexico passenger bus crash kills 3, injures 24 others

    New Mexico passenger bus crash kills 3, injures 24 others

    Sunday, July 15 2018 12:40 PM EDT2018-07-15 16:40:07 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 7:10 PM EDT2018-07-15 23:10:49 GMT
    Authorities say a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles on a highway in New Mexico has killed three people and sent 22 others to the hospital. (Source: CNN)Authorities say a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles on a highway in New Mexico has killed three people and sent 22 others to the hospital. (Source: CNN)

    Authorities say a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles on a highway in New Mexico has killed three people and sent 22 others to the hospital.

    Authorities say a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles on a highway in New Mexico has killed three people and sent 22 others to the hospital.

  • Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

    Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

    Sunday, July 15 2018 2:04 PM EDT2018-07-15 18:04:23 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 7:10 PM EDT2018-07-15 23:10:44 GMT
    (Andrew Kuhn /The Merced Sun-Star via AP). Crews battle the Ferguson Fire along steep terrain behind the Redbud Lodge along Highway 140 near El Portal in Mariposa County, Calif., on Saturday, July 14, 2018.(Andrew Kuhn /The Merced Sun-Star via AP). Crews battle the Ferguson Fire along steep terrain behind the Redbud Lodge along Highway 140 near El Portal in Mariposa County, Calif., on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

    A wildfire that killed a California firefighter has grown quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park.

    A wildfire that killed a California firefighter has grown quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park.

  • Suspect in shooting of 3 Kansas City cops dies in standoff

    Suspect in shooting of 3 Kansas City cops dies in standoff

    Sunday, July 15 2018 2:28 PM EDT2018-07-15 18:28:56 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 7:10 PM EDT2018-07-15 23:10:23 GMT
    (Source: KHSB/CNN)(Source: KHSB/CNN)

    Authorities are searching for a suspect in the shooting of two police officers in Kansas City, Missouri. Police spokesman Jacob Becchina said Sunday that the officers' conditions aren't available.

    Authorities are searching for a suspect in the shooting of two police officers in Kansas City, Missouri. Police spokesman Jacob Becchina said Sunday that the officers' conditions aren't available.

Powered by Frankly