(WICHITA, Kan.) — Counterfeit money is nothing new, especially around the holidays, but police and banks say there is something new this year.
“It's the 20's versus the larger bills,” says LaVeda Finley, operations manager at Commerce Bank.
Finley says big bills like 50’s and 100’s have always been a problem, but banks and police are noticing a change to smaller bills.
Those are bills that could end up in your pocket.
“I think we should be more vigilant right now,” says Finley.
Wichita police officers are warning retailers. They’re passing out Secret Service flyers to show businesses how to spot a fake.
“The last thing we want is a scandal or fiasco to dampen the mood of the holiday season,” says Cordairo Hansen with Ultimate Electronics.
Ultimate Electronics uses several checks, including a special marker, to detect counterfeit money.
But this year consumers should also be alert.
“You don't want to be the person who unknowingly passes a counterfeit,” says Finley.
And because the bills are smaller, she says retailers may unknowingly pass the fake bills to you when you receive your change.
Check out attached links to see how you can spot fake money.