North Dakota businesses beware: counterfeit money is being spent in the state.

The Rolette County Sheriff's Office just issued a warning to businesses that counterfeit money was being spent in Rolette County and surrounding areas. According to a Facebook post by the Sheriff's Office, there was a complaint made in St. John about a woman attempting to use fake cash. A total of $4,640 in counterfeit bills were reportedly seized and the fake bills were $10s, $20s, $50s, and $100s.

How can someone spot counterfeit money?

The Rolette County Sheriff's Office post shows pictures of a counterfeit $20 bill that the woman attempted to use. The Sheriff's Office commented that all the bills had the same serial number but two other telltale signs that the money was fake are the fact that the top front of the bill reads "For Motion Pictures Use Only" and the back has the word "Copy" in the corners. There are some other tips and tricks that can be used to spot fake money. Loss Prevention Magazine offers a list of actions one can take to spot a fake.

Have you witnessed a money scam in North Dakota recently?

I used to work in customer service and it always seemed like the money scams would run rampant this time of year. I worked in salons for years and we would hear stories about how other area salons accidentally accepted counterfeit money. Luckily, none of the salons I worked at ran into that issue. The money scams I mostly encountered were people trying to get cash out of gift cards, which was always strange.

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