VIDEO: Melbourne Police Issues Alert that Counterfeit Bills Being Passed in Brevard County

By  //  August 30, 2018

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ABOVE VIDEO: The Melbourne Police Department has issued an alert that counterfeit bills are being passed in the Melbourne and neighboring areas. Is your money real or counterfeit? Here are some quick ways to test it. Take out your wallet now and check your money just in case. (Business Insider video)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Melbourne Police Department has issued an alert that counterfeit bills are being passed in the Melbourne and neighboring areas.

Here are some tips on spotting fake bills:

The best way to determine whether a note is genuine is to rely on the security features, such as the watermark and security thread. Counterfeit detection pens are not always accurate and may give you false results.

To learn about these and other security features in genuine Federal Reserve notes, visit the U.S. Currency Education Program website.

It is important to know what the security features are in genuine currency because if you end up with a counterfeit note, you will lose that money. A counterfeit note cannot be exchanged for a genuine one, and it is illegal to knowingly pass counterfeit currency.

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If you think you’ve received a counterfeit note, immediately notify the law enforcement. Try to remember the physical characteristics of the person who passed the suspect counterfeit, and if possible write down the person’s license plate number and vehicle description.

Store the suspect counterfeit apart from genuine currency and release it as soon as possible to law enforcement authorities.

You can also notify the U.S. Secret Service field office in for Brevard County. The Law Enforcement section of our currency education website, www.uscurrency.gov, offers contact information for U.S. Secret Service field offices around the world.

The Melbourne Police Department has issued an alert that counterfeit bills are being passed in the Melbourne and neighboring areas.

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