It’s sadly common for a fake $20 to pop-up around Lorain County, but when two $100 counterfeits showed up around the same time, Oberlin police took action.
Police responded to the first fake bill complaint last Tuesday at Black River Cafe. A man told police the $100 bill was given to the business Jan. 16.
An Oberlin police report said this bill did not have the U.S. Treasury’s watermark, security stripe, embedded fibers, and showed poor print quality.
A second fake $100 bill was found at Bead Paradise. It was slipped to the store Jan. 15 during a purchase.
A woman contacted police after Northwest Savings Bank told her the bill was not real and had it sent to the Secret Service. The counterfeit $100 was marked as part of series 1990-4F, and a serial number of D, a police report said.
Police chief Juan Torres said he expects more fakes to show up. While serving in Virginia, his police officers dealt with a lot of counterfeit cash.
“We don’t have any leads,” Torres said. “We are reviewing some tapes but the images are not that good.”
The police department contacted each business about the incident and released a statement on its Facebook page encouraging owners to inform staff members how to spot a counterfeit bill.
“If you encounter an individual attempting to pass one of these, please follow your internal protocol to ensure your employees safety,” the stated said. “We ask that you gather as much information about the person who attempts to pass the bill and notify this department without delay. If possible, contact us while the person is still in the establishment.”