Funny Money: Authorities Sound the Alarm Over Counterfeit Cash - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Funny Money: Authorities Sound the Alarm Over Counterfeit Cash in Wicomico County

Posted:

SALISBURY, Md.- November may barely be under way, but the holiday shopping season is already upon us. And amid the rush to snag those perfect gifts, authorities in Wicomico County are sounding the alarm over counterfeit money.

Monday at the Centre at Salisbury, it was all about counterfeit currency awareness, teaching merchants how to spot the real, from the fake.

When it comes to cash, Special Agent Gary Eitel with the United States Secret Service said it is important for merchants to know the difference.

"By educating the public and businesses, we can actually put a stop to all the counterfeiting that goes on, on a local level," he said.

Hilary Thompson is the general manager at Charming Charlie inside The Centre at Salisbury mall. She has never had any issues with counterfeit money inside her store, and she wants it to stay that way.

"There's always a chance, and when you have so many people coming in and you have so many transactions going on, there's always that chance that it's going to happen but our biggest way to combat that is through the awareness," Thompson noted.

It is not just retail stores that have their eye out.

Around Christmas time last year, Chic-fil-A general manager Kyle Bartz SAID people tried to pass fake bills at his restaurant on more than one occasion.

"Unfortunately, it was busy and one of them still was taken and we didn't notice it until the deposit," he explained.

According to Capt. Scott Kolb of the Salisbury Police Department, crooks try to take advantage of those busy times, especially around the Holidays.

"Everybody's in a hurry," remarked Kolb. "They don't take the extra time. So, if we can get ahead of this now and let people know what we're looking for, hopefully that will deter this type of activity."

Experts say the quickest way to spot counterfeit cash is to look for the color-shift ink and check the watermark.

If you do not see those things, Eitel advises that you call police.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Trimper's Rides Sued

    Trimper's Rides Sued

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:32:56 GMT
    Friday June 28, 2012 started out as a normal day at the amusement park for J and his family until they rode the Hampton I, a mini car and truck ride.More
    Friday June 28, 2012 started out as a normal day at the amusement park for J and his family until they rode the Hampton I, a mini car and truck ride.More
  • Damaged I-495 in Delaware Partially Reopens

    Damaged I-495 in Delaware Partially Reopens

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:10:50 GMT
    DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC) - Delaware transportation officials partially reopened a bridge on a key East Coast interstate that was closed in early June because several supporting columns were tilting. Officials said southbound lanes of the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River reopened Thursday afternoon, about a month earlier than expected. Officials said repairs have gone faster than expected. A jacking operation to realign the south side of the bridge was completed about midday Thursda...More
    DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC) - Delaware transportation officials partially reopened a bridge on a key East Coast interstate that was closed in early June because several supporting columns were tilting. Officials said southbound lanes of the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River reopened Thursday afternoon, about a month earlier than expected. Officials said repairs have gone faster than expected. A jacking operation to realign the south side of the bridge was completed about midday Thursda...More
  • South Bethany Prepares for New House Height Ordinance

    South Bethany Prepares for New House Height Ordinance

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:43:51 GMT
    SOUTH BETHANY, Del. - The South Bethany Town Council will vote on an ordinance that would extend the maximum height a home could be as long as the homeowner adds freeboard as well. Currently, the height maximum is at 32 feet. More
    SOUTH BETHANY, Del. - The South Bethany Town Council will vote on an ordinance that would extend the maximum height a home could be as long as the homeowner adds freeboard as well. Currently, the height maximum is at 32 feet. More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service