Kauai police: Counterfeit bills on the rise

Authorities offer tips on how to tell a fake

 UPDATED 11:39 AM HST May 24, 2013
LIHUE, Hawaii -

Kauai businesses are seeing an increase in counterfeit bills being circulated across the island and police officials are urging the public to be on alert, according to Kauai police.

"Once you accept a counterfeit bill, there’s almost nothing that can be done to recover lost funds," states Assistant Chief Roy Asher of the Investigative Services Bureau.  "This is why we’re urging business owners to take proper precautions when accepting payment."

The types of counterfeits can vary from fake bills printed on regular paper, to actual bills that are "washed" and reprinted with a new denomination.  Washed bills are especially difficult to identify because a counterfeit detection pen won’t always detect a fake, so business owners and employees must know what to look for when examining money.

To properly identify counterfeit bills, KPD offers these tips:

For more tips on how to detect counterfeit money, visit the U.S. Secret Service website at www.secretservice.gov/money_detect.shtml.

Anyone with information on individuals involved in the making or circulating of counterfeit bills are urged to call Police Dispatch at 241-1711. Anonymous tipsters may call CrimeStoppers at 241-1887, or submit an online Suspicious Activity Report via the police the website, www.kauai.gov/police.

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