Counterfeit bills in varying denominations have turned up in bank deposits from multiple Starke County businesses this week, according to officials with the Starke County Sheriff’s Office. They were notified after bogus $5, $20 and $50 bills were discovered.
Businesses and consumers are urged to examine their cash closely. Special marking pens can be used to detect phony money. They mark yellow on real currency and black on fakes. However one of the bills that came through a local bank reportedly passed the marker test.
Another way to authenticate money is to hold it up to the light and verify it has a security strip and hologram of the President’s face on the right side of the bill. Curious currency can also be brought to any local bank branch for examination.