METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) - Officials say counterfeit money may be circulating around the Heartland.
Local retailers have apparently reported a rise in counterfeit money, including a retailer in Metropolis that received 3 counterfeit $100 bills over the weekend.
Law enforcement is investigating the incident using surveillance footage captured at the store.
Another retailer is Goreville was also apparently hit with counterfeit $100 bills.
Officials say security strips and presidential portrait watermarks on legitimate bills can be viewed by holding the bill up to a source of light.
According to the Treasury Department, there are a number of ways to detect counterfeit bills:
- Paper-like texture (actual money is made of cotton and linen)
- Uneven edges/borders
- Fuzzy graphics/text on the bills