Fake Cash Costing North Texas Storeowners

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – For many of us it seems like money just passes through our hands. But, have you ever stopped to actually study those Jacksons, Grants or Ben Franklins?

More businesses in Fort Worth are noticing fake $20, $50 and $100 bills. CBS 11 News talked with some of those storeowners to find out why the funny money is so hard to detect.

Sammy Alaqqad says any customer who walks in the door of his store could be about to commit a crime and not even know it. “Some people carry it [counterfeit money] in their pocket and they can’t tell,” he said.

While at the store Alaqqad showed us a $20 bill with black marks on it, it’s counterfeit and someone had passed in the store.

The black marks were from a special pen that shows a yellow mark when touched on real $20 bills. But Alaqqad says he’s had fake bills that the pen marked as being real.

“Now they got printers they make money that looks 100-percent real,” he said.

The Great Outdoors Sub Shop staff heard counterfeit money was circulating and posted signs warning customers that no $50 or $100 bills would be accepted.

“A couple of weeks ago we put our signs up and, as a matter of fact, that day we received a [fake] twenty dollar bill,” recalled store manager Marco Rosas. “So, we’re staying on our toes about it.”

The U.S. Secret Service says it hasn’t noticed any spike in the number of counterfeit cases they’re investigating. But agents say once fake money is passed in the area it can circulate for a while before it’s noticed.

When it comes to the fake cash and local storeowners, it’s literally money out of their pockets.

“We give them the food. They pay for it. We take the money to the bank,” explained Rosas. “The bank says its counterfeit. They [the bank] take that money and we’re out the money and the food we gave away.”

Alaqqad says its just plain thievery. “Especially when you get two or three hundred dollars. That’s lost. They take it. No credit.”

Police and storeowners advise you to check your cash before going to the store and make sure you’re not inadvertently passing off counterfeit money.

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One Comment

  1. Jerry says:

    Wait. The last paragraph says, “check your cash before going to the store.” Exactly how is an ordinary citizen supposed to do that? If the merchants with their special pens can’t catch it, I certainly can’t.

    1. Rosco Bradberry says:

      You could bite it like the old timers did with gold. lol

      1. 2sister says:

        That’s funny. Unfortunately it won’t work since we are dealing with paper money. 🙂

      2. Go Away says:

        Yeah… he knew that. He was making a joke. G-dd-mn, it’s sad how many people either don’t have a sense of humor or feel the need to explain the joke to everyone else.

      3. 2sister says:

        Go away. I knew he was making a joke. That’s why I said it was funny, and put a smiley face at the end of my comment.

      4. Oy says:

        There’s no need to explain the joke at the end of the comment, then. That’s totally lame. Tw@t.

  2. wise one says:

    The crooks are bleaching five dollar bills and printing 50 and 100’s on them. They will pass the PEN test but they wont pass the watermark test. Look at them in the light and they will show a watermark of Lincoln instead of Franklin, Grant or Jackson.

    1. YRofTexas says:

      Thanks for the info, oh wise one! Will check my cash per your recommendations from this point forward.
      Appreciate the incite.

      1. Press Plate says:

        The “smart” crooks are counterfeiting smaller bills like 5s and 10s. The reason is simple. Who is going to hold every $5 or $10 bill up to the light? $1 bills are cost-prohibitive, but 5s, 10s, and especially 20s are the most “sensible” to counterfeit for these crooks.

  3. Ask says:

    What about businesses giving counterfeit money as change? I am not a counterfeiter so the only way I can get a bad bill is from the bank or a business both of whom have better means than I to know what is real or fake. Will a business be understanding while I hold up the line to check my change? Will they make good on bills I reject? Or will regular folks take it in the shorts? I still have some Korean coins that I was given in loo of quarters

    1. C Bauer says:

      In LIEU. I also have some RMB coins I got in change in Richardson. Luckily, the RMB will topple the dollar in about a year.

  4. BDK says:

    This is going to be disastrous. I had Mexican’s passing fake $5 bills at my yard sales. Called the police, nothing happened.

    1. CSB says:

      Mexicans, not Mexican’s, you illiterate rube.

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