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Fake $50 bills circulating Shoals area cause headaches for local businesses

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Tis' the season for more burglaries, thieves and fake cash.

Police are warning business owners of counterfeit cash circulating parts of the Shoals. They said one man is making rounds, allegedly handing out fake $50 bills.

It started in Russellville.

"He made a small purchase of some type of snacks, about $3.75, paid with the counterfeit $50 bill, and then got the change back," Lt. Scotty Lowery explained.

Surveillance footage of the man allegedly passing counterfeit cash

Surveillance footage of the man allegedly passing counterfeit cash

Surveillance cameras at Dollar General caught the man managers said passed a counterfeit $50 bill Friday morning. He hit about three businesses in Russellville, then officers said they also found the same bills at businesses in Moulton and Town Creek.

"When we recovered the bills this morning, compared the three bills, and all three of the bills have the exact same serial number," Lowery said. "The man is wanted for possession of a forged instrument, and could possibly face federal charges."

Officials are asking business owners to double check all high-value bills to ensure that holiday cash is real. There are plenty of identifies to look for to determine the bill is legitimate.

"If the bill doesn't feel right to the cashier whenever they have it in their hands or if they are using a marking pen, look for that mark."

Cashiers can also hold the bill up to florescent light to look for an official watermark.

If you recognize the man caught on surveillance passing those $50 bills, call the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers at (256) 386-8685. Your tip is anonymous, and could be worth some real cash.