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February 2, 2016
Attention Business Watch members,
In the past week, there have been reports of counterfeit $100 bills being passed at locations throughout Dane County.  At this time, there does not appear to be any patterns as far as locations or specific days of the week.  Please encourage your staff to thoroughly inspect currency, especially larger bills, as it appears those have been the most widely used. 
We would encourage you and your employees to visit the following website, https://uscurrency.gov, which provides useful and interactive information on ways to identify whether a bill is legitimate or counterfeit.  One easy way to detect counterfeit money is to inspect it.  There may be writing on it such as “For Motion Picture Use Only” or if multiple bills are produced, they may contain the same serial number; both are examples of counterfeit money.  I’ve attached some photographs to show you examples. 
If you suspect to have a counterfeit bill, or have someone who is presenting one to your business, please call the Middleton Police Department using our non-emergency number of 608-824-7300.  As always, if there is an emergency, please do not hesitate to call 911.
Please feel free to contact me at 608-824-7323 with any questions or concerns.
Thank you,

Kimberly Wood
Community Awareness Officer
7341 Donna Dr.
Middleton, WI 53562


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