Two businesses in Gainesville have reported to police counterfeit $100 bills being used in the past week.
The Pearl Nix Parkway Burger King called police on April 6 about “unknown subjects” passing a counterfeit $100 bill. On Wednesday, the Dawsonville Highway Shell station made a similar report.
Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said both incidents involved a single counterfeit $100 bill, calling it a “slight uptick” in recent days.
In January, Flowery Branch Police reported three suspects passing 11 counterfeit $100 bills at the local Target.
Holbrook said some recent cases involve a person unknowingly using the counterfeit money received from another person or location. Other cases involve suspects trying to get the change from using the counterfeit bill.
The Secret Service lists 10 different security details and bank indicators of a real bill. Those include the watermark, color-shifting ink, security thread and 3-D security ribbon.
Other signs to look for are the feel of the paper and the size of the bill.
“Please check all currency carefully before you accept or exchange it,” Gainesville Police said on its social media accounts.