LBPD warns public of counterfeit $100 bills

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counterfeit-money-long-beachThe Long Beach Police Department would like to warn the public about the recent use of counterfeit bills at garage sales, where subjects either paid, or attempted to pay for their purchases with the use of counterfeit $100.00 bills. Although there have only been a few reported cases, detectives are hopeful that raising awareness early will prevent others from becoming victims.

Garage sales are an easy target for criminals to pass counterfeit bills, as the general public typically is not trained to recognize security features of paper currency.

Anyone accepting hundred dollar bills should inspect the bill for unusual texture and/or print. The website explains current security features contained within U.S. currency. Portable ultra-violet light scanners and money checker pens that detect security features in currency can be purchased in office supply stores or online.

The easiest way of preventing yourself from becoming the victim of this fraud is simply to not accept hundred dollar bills. If you witness someone attempting to use a bill that appears to be counterfeit, do not attempt to detain the suspect, instead immediately call 9-1-1 so that an officer can be dispatched. A good description of the suspects and their vehicle, including license plate number and direction of travel, can greatly assist Police. It is our goal to apprehend the perpetrators of these crimes against the public, and possibly take additional counterfeit currency off the street.

For more information, please contact the Forgery/Fraud Detail at (562) 570-7330.

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