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.