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Businesses in Paso Robles report receiving counterfeit bills

Several Paso Robles businesses have reported receiving counterfeit bills, most commonly in $10 and $20 denominations.
Several Paso Robles businesses have reported receiving counterfeit bills, most commonly in $10 and $20 denominations. bigstockphoto.com

In the past two weeks, many businesses in Paso Robles have reported receiving counterfeit U.S. money, according to the Paso Robles Police Department.

The bills have been received in the following denominations: $1, $5, $10 and $20. The majority have been in $10 and $20 denominations.

The police department is investigating the incidents and reminds business owners and the public to be diligent in monitoring currency they receive.

The U.S. Secret Service website provides information to help people determine whether currency they receive is real or counterfeit at www.secretservice.gov/data/KnowYourMoneyApril08.pdf.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call Paso Robles police or Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP (549-7867), or to submit a tip at the Crime Stoppers website at www.slotips.org. People may also send a text to “CRIMES” or 274637. Tipsters may remain anonymous, according to police.

Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction.

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