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Counterfeit Caution

Area businesses in Wichita Falls are continuing to fall victim to counterfeit money. Newschannel 6 first told you about the rise in counterfeit money in Texoma last month. We found out the trend has one local business owner thinking twice when he takes cash.

Willie's Place located off 10th Street is known for serving its finger licking BBQ and its one-of-a-kind burgers, but recently the business of 18 years was served up counterfeit bills.

"We received two counterfeit bills in the last two weeks,” said Willie Harmon, owner. Since the exchange he said they have been extra vigilant. "We mark every bill that comes through here. We raise them up to the window. We check for watermarks. We're going to do what we have to do to protect our bottom-line,” said Harmon.

Harmon told Newschannel 6 the first time it happened a detective was standing in line and the person who handed over the counterfeit was caught, but Harmon never press charges. The second time around the person made a clean get away. "We were busy, we didn't have time to really pay any attention to them and sometimes that's going to bite us,” said Harmon.

Willie's Place also accepts credit and debit cards, but hopes new technology like Apple pay, set to hit the market next month can be a game changer that may prevent counterfeit transactions and help his bottom line.

The use of contactless payment technology built into mobile devices would make transactions, quick and easy for consumers, and business owners like Harmon are looking forward to reap the benefits.

“We don't' have to worry about keeping up with paper receipts,” said Harmon. “Anything that's going to make it quicker, easier and safer, we're in.”

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6

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