City police are warning residents and businesses to be aware of counterfeit money that has been circulating in the area.

Police have received some complaints from businesses regarding small denomination bills being passed.

Police are not releasing any more information on the counterfeit cases, as an investigation is ongoing.

They did offer some tips to help check for fake bills:

• Color shifting ink: the bill denomination on the bottom right-hand corner has the right color shifting ink.

• Raised printing: To detect raised printing, take your fingernail and run it carefully down the collar/jacket. You should feel some vibration on your nail from the ridges.

• Blurry borders/printing/text: significantly blurry borders, printing, or text, it is an automatic red flag.

• Red and blue threads: If you take a close look at an authentic bill, you will see that there are small red and blue threads woven in and out within the fabric of the bill.

• Watermark: In many of the new bills, the watermark is actually a replica of the face on the bill.

Anyone who thinks he or she may have been a victim of fake bills can call police at 345-6350.

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