Greenfield police warning about counterfeit bills

Police have received at least three reports per week about fake money

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GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Counterfeit money has become a problem in Greenfield, where police are dealing with multiple reports of people passing phony bills at businesses in town.

Greenfield Police Det. Sergeant Daniel McCarthy says that the department has received at least three reports per week of counterfeit bills being passed to merchants and bank tellers.

The bills that have been used recently come in all denominations, though McCarthy told 22News have seen more $20 counterfeit bills than any other denomination. Many of the bills contain Asian lettering.

“A lot have characters on them, which are clearly not part of our United States currency, and those are the ones we are seeing come through quite a bit,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy told 22News that similar counterfeit bills were passed in Northampton and Athol over the summer. They are working with both police departments in the investigation.

If you end up with a counterfeit bill, you’re stuck. It’s a felony to pass fake currency.

If you have questions or information, you are asked to call Det. Sgt. McCarthy at (413) 773-5411 ext. 1305.

Click here for more information on how to tell a real bill from a fake one.