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7/21/03

Fake Money Spreading in Lubbock

The advice here is to call Lubbock Police immediately if you spot counterfeit money. Because if you hang on to it, knowing it's fake, you could spend up to 60 years in a federal prison.

It looks real, but don't let it fool you because it's all fake. This is just what Secret Service Agent Steve Barker has seized in just one week: $2,650 in counterfeit money.

Counterfeiters are making mostly 20's, but also $50 and $100 bills.

"All the counterfeit money we're receiving is the new money," said Barker.

Barker says don't be a victim. There are ways to protect yourself.

First and foremost, Barker says some counterfeit money is passed at the cashier to the customer.

"When I go to any store to any place, the first thing I do is look at my change. Because if you walk away, once you walk away, it's going to be harder to prove that's where you got your money. But if you're standing there and he hands you one that looks fake, and you say 'hey, this doesn't look real,' he has to give you another one," said Barker.

Also, keep an eye out for bleeding bills. Authentic bills don't bleed at all. Red and blue fibers will confirm the real deal.

O'Reilly Auto Parts auditor Dalton Manson says they've taken precautions.

"What we're doing is having them look at the markings. We bought pens at our stores, so if you're going to pass a 20, 50, or 100, we're going to mark it," said Manson.

Manson says the store on 82nd St. was a victim last week. A hispanic male passed $300 in 20's to buy an alternator last week.

Whatever you do, remember, don't hang on to the counterfeit money and try to pass it to another place. You'll face at least 60 years in federal prison for doing that. Call the Lubbock Police Department instead.

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