Police investigate after a rash of counterfeit bills were passed in town

Police are investigating after several reports were made of counterfeit bills circulating town.

Around 3 p.m. on Monday, police were called to McDonald’s for reports of a fake $100 bill being used. Paris Police Lt. John Berry said the bill was determined to be counterfeit, but the suspect left prior to police arrival.

About three hours later, police were called to Family Dollar on Bonham Street for another report of counterfeit bills.

“Officers were told that two females had attempted to pay for items with two counterfeit $20 bills,” Berry said. “The two females remained at the scene and spoke with officers about the counterfeit bills. The investigation is ongoing.”

On Tuesday, police were called to another Family Dollar store, this time on Clarksville Street, for reports of counterfeit bills being passed.

“Officers were told that an unknown suspect or suspects had passed three counterfeit $20 bills at unknown times during transactions with the business,” Berry said.

No arrests have yet been made, but the investigations are ongoing. Parisians are urged to use caution when giving and receiving change to avoid falling victim to this scam.

Berry previously offered the following tips to make sure you don’t end up with fake money:

  •  Make sure that the security bands are in place in the currency.
  •  Check that the areas of color shifting ink are present.
  •  Make sure that there are not symbols printed on the money in a foreign dialect.
  • Be mindful of areas on bills that have been marked out with a marker of some sort.
  • If you receive more than one of a single denomination, make sure that the serial numbers are not the same.
  • Make sure that the bills are not marked “For Motion Picture Use Only.”
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