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>>

  • Golden Retriever Show Attracts Thousands to Salisbury

    Golden Retriever Show Attracts Thousands to Salisbury

    09/25/2017 17:25:00 -04:002017-09-25 21:25:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 5:30 PM EDT2017-09-25 21:30:03 GMT
    The 2017 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty is coming to Salisbury. The events will take at the Wicomico Civic Center as well as the Crown Sports Center in Fruitland.More
    The 2017 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty is coming to Salisbury. The events will take at the Wicomico Civic Center as well as the Crown Sports Center in Fruitland.More
  • Salisbury Man Leads Deputy on Brief Pursuit

    Salisbury Man Leads Deputy on Brief Pursuit

    09/25/2017 16:59:00 -04:002017-09-25 20:59:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 5:11 PM EDT2017-09-25 21:11:28 GMT
    A Dover woman was arrested after providing officers with a fake name.A Dover woman was arrested after providing officers with a fake name.
    A Salisbury man led a deputy on a brief chase Sunday afternoon, according to the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.More
    A Salisbury man led a deputy on a brief chase Sunday afternoon, according to the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.More
  • New Rehoboth City Hall Now Open

    New Rehoboth City Hall Now Open

    09/25/2017 16:33:00 -04:002017-09-25 20:33:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 4:53 PM EDT2017-09-25 20:53:12 GMT
    REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - After delays and change orders, the City of Rehoboth Beach's new city hall is now open for business.The building also houses the convention center, police department, Alderman Court, and a 911 center, something Mayor Paul Kuhns sayMore
    REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - After delays and change orders, the City of Rehoboth Beach's new city hall is now open for business.The building also houses the convention center, police department, Alderman Court, and a 911 center, something Mayor Paul Kuhns sayMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Updated: Police ID Somerset County Murder Victim

    Murder Investigation Underway in Somerset County

    09/24/2017 21:18:00 -04:002017-09-25 01:18:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 11:39 AM EDT2017-09-25 15:39:27 GMT
    (Photo: MGN)(Photo: MGN)
    Maryland State Police have released the name of the victim of an apparent homicide that occurred Sunday afternoon in Somerset County.More
    Maryland State Police have released the name of the victim of an apparent homicide that occurred Sunday afternoon in Somerset County.More
  • Police: Suspect in Coverdale Home Invasion Shot and Killed

    Police: Suspect in Coverdale Home Invasion Shot and Killed

    09/25/2017 07:08:00 -04:002017-09-25 11:08:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 7:26 AM EDT2017-09-25 11:26:38 GMT
    The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is conducting an investigation into the death of a suspect who police say broke into a Coverdale area home Sunday night.More
    The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is conducting an investigation into the death of a suspect who detectives say broke into a home in the Coverdale area east of Bridgeville on Sunday night.More
  • Del. Police Seek Help in Identifying Theft Suspects

    Del. Police Seek Help in Identifying Theft Suspects

    09/25/2017 08:17:00 -04:002017-09-25 12:17:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 8:26 AM EDT2017-09-25 12:26:26 GMT
    Video surveillance photo of theft suspects provided by Delaware State PoliceVideo surveillance photo of theft suspects provided by Delaware State Police
    Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a pair of suspects wanted in connection a series of car break-ins in the Georgetown area.More
    Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a pair of suspects wanted in connection a series of car break-ins in the Georgetown area.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices