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DL police investigating rash of counterfeit bills

The Detroit Lakes Police Department wants people to be on the lookout for counterfeit currency.

Detroit Lakes Police Investigator Tami Hunt says the bills are mainly counterfeit $20s, but in recent days the department has also received bills in the $10, $50, and $100 denominations.

Unlike some earlier counterfeits that made the rounds, these bills are easily detected with the use of a counterfeit detector pen, she said.

The bills look genuine at first glance, but they don't feel genuine, and they lack watermarks and security strips, she said.

The police department has received at least a dozen counterfeit bills in the last two weeks.

Local officers are also working with the Fergus Falls and Mahnomen police, who have seen similar counterfeit bills in recent weeks.

If a counterfeit bill turns up in the course of doing business, merchants are asked to hold onto the bill -- whether they have accepted it or not -- and call the police. The customer who had the fake bill is also asked to wait for police to arrive. If a business accepts a counterfeit bill, they are out the amount of the fake bill.

In each case of a counterfeit bill, the bill has been discovered by a bank while a business makes its deposit.

If anyone has information on the counterfeit currency, they are asked to call the Detroit Lakes Police Department or the U.S. Secret Service, which is also investigating.

Last year around this time the Detroit Lakes Police Department also saw a spike in counterfeit bills.