Cops warn people to check their Benjamins as reports of fake bills spike

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The Tacoma Police Department has noted an increase in the number of fraud complaints involving the use of counterfeit U.S. currency.

There have been 10 reported cases in the last two weeks involving $20 bills and $100 bills of varying quality.

The Tacoma Police Department would like citizens and businesses to be aware of counterfeit bills in circulation throughout the city. If anyone comes in contact with suspicious currency, do not accept the bills and call the police.

Businesses should utilize existing bill verification procedures. If no procedure exists, businesses are encouraged to develop and implement a procedure to determine the authenticity of currency before accepting it as payment.

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