Counterfeit Currency: businesses in Pocomoke warned of fake bills circulating

POCOMOKE CITY, Md. – The Pocomoke Police Department is warning the public and its businesses about counterfeit $100 bills that were discovered at a local bank this week.
The three Benjamins that were deposited by businesses in the area are so realistic that they passed through multiple tests.

Lieutenant Arthur Hancock, the man at the head of the case for Pocomoke PD, says this is something completely new to their force, because the bills can pass a marker and counting machine test.

A local bank teller spotted the bill by the offset borders. You can also tell the difference between these fake bills and the real deal by the bright green numbers on the bottom corner, and the fact that the fake bills have a duller tint than their real counterparts.

“We don’t know the source of the bills at this point, or where they’re coming from. It’s very concerning to our citizens and our local businesses,” said Hancock.

Since finding the bill, the department has got to work creating fliers with copies of the fake cash and going door to door to local businesses, explaining the ways to spot a fake bill.

“They just kind of saw the problem, dealt with it, got on top of it, and really kind of made their way around the businesses quickly to educate everyone,” said Caitlin Evans, an owner of Dockside.

The information is crucial for businesses like Dockside to train their employees for what to spot, and to stay vigilant.

“Anyone that has any dealings with customers, that information needed to be filtered to them quickly so we could spot it,” Evans said. “It’s very dangerous. It could cause a business to lose hundreds, if not, thousands of dollars,” Hancock said.

Ocean City also saw counterfeit currency in May, Lieutenant Hancock tells 47ABC there is no link to those bills as of right now.

Hancock also mentioned in our interview that Maryland State Police had said this was a big issue this year on the eastern shore, but when we called to confirm Maryland State Police told us this issue has only been reported in Ocean City and Pocomoke.

If you suspect a bill is counterfeit, you can go to a local bank to have a teller inspect it and call your local police department.

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