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Wichita Falls PD want everyone aware of local counterfeit problem

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WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

New information has come to light about a story we first brought you concerning counterfeit money in Wichita Falls.
Newschannel 6 was able to learn about how fake money is made, distributed and passed on.
    "It doesn't take much for them to counterfeit," Financial Crimes Detective, Tony Ramirez, said. "They pick the paper they are going to use and print it. Then they test the quality of their work. You will find the test runs leading up to their final product."
That money continues to be passed around and everyone needs to be aware.
    "What we are doing is letting the public know what they can do to protect themselves since we've seen an increase in these type of offenses," Detective Ramirez said.
So how do you tell the difference?
    "One of the things to look for is the raised ink on the $20 and $50," Detective Ramirez said. "When you print a $20 it will print flat. A real bill will have a security strip. One thing that all these counterfeit bills have in common is none of them have a security strip. It is difficult for a person who's committed forgery to actually embed the security strip in the bill."
Some counterfeit money is more believable depending on the paper and ink used along with how it is cut.
    "A lot of times they will have to make it appear used by folding it and making it look like it's been passed," Detective Ramirez said. "You don't have the clean lines. You don't have the raised ink."
Detective Ramirez believes some local businesses are being targeted and said the department wants to help.
    "Once a business calls us and we can tell them this is what we are seeing and finding, we will put on some presentations to show them what to look for," Detective Ramirez said.
The more people that are educated on the problem, the better.
    "We are taking a proactive approach to start a campaign to let the businesses in on what we are seeing and trying to deter it that way," Detective Ramirez said.
The department has brochures to help educate and they will give a presentation to any business interested.
Ramirez told us that counterfeit pens can work, but there are ways around them.
He encourages businesses to invest in counterfeit detectors, which are not very expensive.
The first bad $50 you turn away will more than pay for it.
Your tips through Crime Stoppers have made a huge difference. 
If you come across a bad bill call 322-9888.
If you believe you have been a victim of this crime, call the Wichita Falls Police Department at 720-5000.

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