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Ocean City police warning residents and business owners of fake money circulating in area

Posted at 9:04 PM, May 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 08:38:23-04

OCEAN CITY, Md. — The Ocean City Police Department is asking residents, business owners, and employees to be on high alert for fake currency that is circulating in the Ocean City area.

Officials say for the past week they received two reports of counterfeit currency, including several fake $100 bills marked as 'play money' or with Chinese writing on both sides.

Police urge residents to examine money carefully as it is being exchanged. They say if you receive a $100 bill to pay for a small purchase, it is best to closely check the money to make sure it is real. Suspects are known to use fake bills to exchange it for real money.

In some cases, counterfeit detection pens can sometimes give false results. Counterfeiters can use bleached genuine currency or coat counterfeit notes to prevent the proper chemical reactions.

For tips on how to detect fake currency, click here for more information provided by the Federal Reserve Board.