Tis' the season to come across counterfeit money
Wed, 21 Nov 2012 22:26:21 GMT —
There are fakes getting passed around, and you could end up paying the price. With Black Friday just a couple days away, money will change hands quickly with shoppers trying to cash in on deals, which means a greater possibility of coming across counterfeit money.
"I have to be very careful," said Pam Nativo. Her jewelry store, Nina's Jewelry, at the Inlet Square Mall is expecting heavy traffic, but that makes it much easier for counterfeit money to get passed around.
"I check big bills," said Nativo. "You have to check the big bills, because they could be counterfeit. I don't know."
"We as consumers sometimes we just don't pay attention," said Inlet Square Mall Security Captain Shawn Westover.
The majority of people who end up with fake bills don't even know it, she said.
"It goes from one person to the next until it gets caught," said Westover. "I don't think it's intentional. As consumers, we can be victims to these things as well."
Those victims end up eating the cost.
In the last ten days, Myrtle Beach police received eight reports of fake money.
"If you get that gut instinct, then it's probably not going to be real," said Lt. John Bertang. Counterfeits are more common during the holiday season because criminals know they're more likely to get away with it.
"With seasonal workers with people that aren't familiar with the different type of security features with the different denominations," said Bertang, "Plus with the long lines, you're getting a lot of cashiers who just want to get people through the lines. They don't want to hold customers up, and that's where in the hustle and bustle that things might slip by when otherwise wouldn't in other times of the year."
The easiest way to tell if money is fake is by the feel and color of the bill, said Bertang. Also, check to make sure the serial numbers aren't the same.