Bogus Bills

JONESBORO (KAIT) - Bogus bills are floating around Region 8.

Jennifer Foltz is a stay at home mom.   Early Saturday morning while working her yard sale she took in what she thought was a legit twenty dollar bill but it was actually funny money.

"It hurts my feelings I got up at 3:00 a.m. to get ready for the yard sale trying to keep up with my two young girls and my husband was at work working overtime to legitimately pay for our bills and there somebody was stealing from us" said Foltz.

Jennifer and her friend didn't suspect the money was fake until they went to deposit the money into the bank. "We certainty weren't suspecting anything I mean there we were a couple of girls watching our kids and just us trying knowing that we are honest just believing that someone else was honest as well" said Foltz.

Because of new technologies creating bogus bills is even easier to do and police are warning people to stay alert. "Over the years copiers being more high tech then they where years ago reproductions just on copy machines along the quality is quite a bit better" said Lt. Rick Elliot of the Jonesboro Police Department.

Lieutenant Elliot tells Region 8 news that counterfeiting is often associated with drugs. "We've had occasions where people are dealing drugs and using that money to purchase there drugs" said Elliot.

Here are a few things to look for to prevent getting bogus bills. Because counterfeit pins are not always one hundred percent accurate, use a black light to inspect the security thread... If it glows that means it is legit. Or you can simply hold the bill up to a light...look for the watermark portraits to match and also look at the serial number on the bill.

And so this Saturday when Jennifer Foltz has her next garage sale she will have a third eye looking for money that isn't real. "As far as we know they could have bought something that was a quarter and we are giving them nineteen dollars and plus some change"