August 11, 2017 05:47 PM
(ABC 6 News) - The Austin Police Department is warning people to be on the lookout for counterfeit currency after a fake $100 bill was found in town earlier this week.
According to police, the fake $100 bill was found on the floor at the YMCA on Thursday.
The bill, which is made of a material that feels much different than an authentic bill, also had red writing in a foreign language on it.
While there haven't been other reports of counterfeit bills circulating in the area, police said people should be aware, especially in places like the Mower County Fair, where long lines can lead people to avoid checking their change.
While counterfeit bills aren't common in the area, Amanda Gunderson from Home Federal Bank said they do still show up, "We do come across it more than I'd like [...] We see a lot more of smaller bills like 10's and 20's actually."
There are several ways to check if a bill is real, she said, including holding it up to the light and looking for a watermark or color-changing ink and feeling the texture of the bill.
Those are all important steps to take, because once you get a fake bill, you may be stuck.
"Once you get it, it's kind of on you. So even if you get one and bring it to us, we're going to help you and tell you if it's counterfeit or not and send it in, but then you're taking the loss yourself," said Gunderson.
If you're unsure of whether a bill is real or fake, you can bring it to a bank or call police.
Last year police said counterfeit $20 bills were found at the fair.
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Updated: August 11, 2017 05:47 PM
Created: August 11, 2017 11:49 AM
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