GFPD warns of counterfeit money circulating - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

GFPD warns of counterfeit money circulating

Posted: 12/08/2017 13:02:00 -07:00 Updated:

Over the last few months, the Great Falls Police Department has investigated several complaints of counterfeit currency, including $20, $50, and $100 bills.

A large portion of the counterfeit currency has been presented at businesses, but private sellers and other community members are also at risk, according to the GFPD.

The GFPD says that two common schemes used to pass counterfeit money are:

  • Purchasing a small, low cost item and presenting a much larger denomination of currency. Such as selecting a 99¢ item and presenting a $50 or $100 bill as payment.
  • Suspects visit busy businesses in an effort to exchange large denominations for cash while the clerks are distracted, like fast food restaurants during lunch time.

If you believe you may be the recipient of counterfeit currency, maintain possession of the bills and call the GFPD at 406-727-7688 extension #5.

If you have any information regarding the production of counterfeit currency or related activities, you are asked to call GFPD Detective Sergeant Jason Mitchell at 406-455-8493 or send the GFPD a private message on their Facebook page. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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