Police: Counterfeit money circulating in Priceville

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PRICEVILLE, Ala. - Police, business owners and citizens have to keep an extra eye out for fake cash.

Officials said that around Independence Day, a man tried to pay with counterfeit dollars at a fireworks stand.

"When we started looking for him and making contact with other fireworks stands, he had been all over the north Alabama area, attempting to pass phony money," explained Corporal Herman Davis, an investigator for Priceville Police.

Cpl. Davis said the issue is also common with money orders and checks.

For example, if you're selling something on Craigslist:

"They'll tell you cash the check, pay yourself for your property and use the remainder to ship it out to whatever location they give, then you find out 7-15 days later that the check was bad."

With transactions, you're advised to know the seller and have your bank verify a check before you cash it.

Officials added that phony cash may feel coarser than usual.

"Most people don't check smaller bills," he explained while displaying a phony $5 bill recently passed. "The five dollar bill looks very good but it doesn't have the holographic watermark on it, so you could hold either one of these up to a black light and see that there is a missing watermark."

Davis said some fake cash will seem legitimate, passing the counterfeit marker test, but he says merchants should invest in a black light, which can be found at most office supply stores.