How to spot counterfeit money


Western Massachusetts business owners might want to be on the lookout for fake money.

The Secret Service worked with Monson Police to arrest three men suspected of making counterfeit currency Tuesday.

Use of counterfeit money is something that consumers and business owners should both be aware of. And bogus bills had been circulating in Monson.

Monson police said Dunkin Donuts employees alerted them to two customers who passed two fake $50 bills Monday.

They found additional counterfeit bills with the same serial numbers in Brimfield and Palmer, and more could still be in circulation. 

22News spoke with Buckeye Brothers Smokeshop owner David Glantz about ways he checks for fake money at his business.

Glantz said he has spotted counterfeit cash at his business over the years. He said if a bill doesn’t have specific watermarks or holograms, he won’t take it.

“You just have to be careful,” said Glantz. “You have to use the marker and lights. Especially with the holograms and watermarks, you have to check for all that stuff.”

The serial numbers were the same on all of the fake bills used in Monson, Brimfield and Palmer.

If you see a bill with the code: MC 20525784 A, don’t take it. If you end up with a fake bill, you’re stuck. If you try to pass it, it’s a felony.

It’s also important for businesses to speak with their banks to find out other ways they can spot counterfeit money.

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