HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - A significant rise in the circulation of counterfeit bills in Hartsville over the past two weeks has police asking residents and businesses to be vigilant when accepting currency.
Several arrests have been made in connection with the counterfeit bills, but the investigation is ongoing, and Hartsville Police say there are indications that there is still a large amount of counterfeit money out there. A large amount has already been passed to local businesses.
Businesses are encouraged to check bills that are $20 and higher with testing markers, and to closely examine larger bills. Businesses are asked to report counterfeit currency to their local law enforcement agency as soon as possible. Employees are also asked to get as much information about the suspects using the currency as possible, such as the tags and type of vehicle they were driving, and a physical description. Police say that no one should attempt to physically detain or confront the suspects.
The department also has several cases of counterfeit money being used to pay for items purchased through Facebook and Craigslist. Individuals should take precautions, and engage in transactions with people they either know, or have contact information on. Police suggest that transactions involving large amounts of cash take place near banks and other establishments where the bills can be verified.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call the Hartsville Police Department at 843-383-3029.