Funny Money

Berlin Police are warning merchants to be on the look out for counterfeit $100 bills. (COURTESY PHOTO)

JACKSON — Law enforcement is urging the business community to be alert to counterfeit $100 bills that have recently surfaced in Coos County.

The Jackson Police Department posted a warning on its Facebook page on Wednesday.

“Warning Business Community — Counterfeit Money has been popping up in Coos County!”

According to Jackson Police Chief Chris Perley, “Berlin PD has taken reports from several businesses that received counterfeit $100 bills over the weekend. The money looks and feels fake, and has Chinese markings on one side. Berlin Police have a suspect for the incidents.

“In addition to counterfeit money in Berlin, Littleton PD has also confiscated approximately $500 in fake bills from a female suspect. The Colebrook PD has confiscated $3,000 in fake bills from a male suspect.

“If you encounter suspicious currency, please don’t hesitate to call us at (603) 383-9292, we’re here to help.”

According to the U.S. government, the best way to detect if a bill is counterfeit is to, “Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of Benjamin Franklin in the blank space to the right of the portrait. The image is visible from both sides of the note. Tilt the note to see the numeral 100 in the lower right corner of the front of the note shift from green to black.”

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