Sheriff alerted to fake money

Sheriff alerted to fake money

DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - The Coffee County Sheriff's Office has received several reports in recent days of counterfeit currency, in varying denominations circulating in the area.

The most recent incidents occurred Monday, one at a local Dollar General store involving a $100 bill, and another report from a citizen involving a $5 bill.

Dollar General employees told deputies the person who attempted to pass the bill left the store before law enforcement arrived.

The citizen who provided the counterfeit $5 didn't recall where she got it, but said she had recently received change from several area stores.

The best way to determine whether a note is genuine is to rely on the security features, such as the watermark and security thread. Counterfeit detection pens are not always accurate and may give false results.

To learn about these and other security features in genuine Federal Reserve notes, visit the new money public education website at

If you suspect you have received fake money in the Coffee County area, or have counterfeit money, report it to the sheriff's office by calling (912) 384-4227 or the non-emergency 911 line at (912) 384-7675.

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