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Crime Stoppers Crime of Week: Woman passed counterfeit money

Source: Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers Source: Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers
LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - Investigators are looking for a woman who passed counterfeit money at a store on Highway 103 East in Angelina County. The image included her shows the white female suspect in the act of passing the fake money.

Although criminals can produce authentic-looking counterfeit bills, if you know the signs, fake US currency is still easy to spot. 

Features of genuine Federal Reserve Notes issued since 1996 include special paper embedded with red and blue fibers, a large, off-center portrait, a watermark that is visible from either side of the bill, and an embedded polyester strip inscribed with the denomination of the bill. At www.newmoney.gov, you can find information concerning the features of genuine Federal Reserve Notes online. If you doubt that a bill is genuine, contact your bank or local law enforcement agency.

Converting fake money to genuine currency is the goal of most persons passing counterfeit money. One simple way to achieve their goal is to purchase items of little value and “pay” with a larger-than-necessary bill, such as using a counterfeit $20, $50, or $100 bill to pay for a few dollars' worth of merchandise. If not caught by the store employee, the counterfeit bill can make its way to another customer.

If you can identify this suspect, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, submit a tip at www.DETCS.tips, or text keyword 639TIPS and your tip information to CRIMES -- numerically, CRIMES is 274637. All calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.

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