The Charles County Sheriff’s Office, working closely with the U.S. Secret Service and police departments across the state, are warning customers and businesses about an increase in counterfeit currency – particularly $50 bills – which are being passed on to businesses throughout the region. Many suspects have been identified and law enforcement agencies are continuing to assist the Secret Service with additional leads. Anyone encountering suspected counterfeit money is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency for assistance.
The U.S. Secret Service offers a variety of ways about how to detect counterfeit bills. The link also provides photos of proper bills and altered bills. If you believe you have received a counterfeit bill, the U.S. Secret Service advises you to do the following:
- Do not put yourself in danger.
- Do not return the bill to the passer, if possible.
- Delay the passer with some excuse, if possible, and call police.
- Observe the passer’s description and their companions. If possible, write down their vehicle license plate numbers, vehicle description and direction of travel.
- Do not handle the counterfeit note. Place it inside a protective cover, a plastic bag, or envelope to protect it until you place it in the hands of law enforcement.
For other safety tips regarding counterfeit money, fraud and scams, please visit the following links:
- U.S. Department of Treasury
- U.S. Secret Service